Good by mr wigin tell them im strong tell them im a man

In Chapter 29, Jefferson writes these words to Grant in his diary. His farewell shows he understands what his life and death mean to his people: he wants Grant to bolster the black community by telling them that Grant died as a strong, brave man. He addresses his last words to the man who helped him change. Jefferson once lived a life of unthinking submission. After the trial he lived in anger, acting out like an animal in his cell and mistreating the people who loved him, but now he is thoughtful and courageous. He fills his diary with tender words for Grant, showing that to be a man means to reciprocate affection. Grant also learns about reciprocating affection, from the affection of Vivian and his family to the affection of Jefferson and the community.