"He snatched his test from me and spit out that word. Had he called me a nymphomaniac or a necrophiliac, I couldn't have been more puzzled. I didn't know what a nigger was, but I knew that whatever it meant, it was something he shouldn't have called me."
"...that I follow the others out to play. Beyond...the word nigger was used in my presence, but it was within contexts and inflections that caused it to register in my mind as something else."
"When used with a possessive adjective by a woman-- 'my nigger' -- it became a term of endearment for her husband or boyfriend."