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Coming-of-age tale; love story
Will narrates in the first person, commenting on the events and people in the story.
Will’s tone is youthful, exuberant, innocent, and colloquial.
Cold Sassy, Georgia, in 1906 and 1907, although Will is telling the story years later in 1914
In Chapter 46, Will’s hope that something bad will happen to Hosie and his comment that it happens to Rucker instead hints at the illness that strikes Rucker and his death shortly thereafter.
Rucker Blakeslee and his new bride, Miss Love Simpson, attempt to live happily and ignore the town’s and the Blakeslee family’s general condemnation of their union. Will struggles to grow up and maintain his integrity.
Rucker announces his marriage to Miss Love; Rucker and Miss Love go to New York City; Will loses Lightfoot to Hosie Roach
Rucker reveals his love to Miss Love; she reveals that her father raped her
Rucker and Miss Love enjoy their newfound love; Rucker hires Hosie; Will understands the love between Rucker and Miss love
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