This means various things to the young Wright: it is a place where he has the opportunity to get away from his family and learn, but it is also a place where he has to gain the respect of his peers.
This is the primary way that Wright's granny and mother use to discipline him.
This place was viewed by the family as a den of sin. However, when Wright leaves home he is drawn to it, and meets Mrs. Moss and Bess, his landlady and her daughter.
In this place, Wright is a custodian working with a few friends, specializing in preparing animals for experiments.
It is here Wright realizes that not everyone is racist, and that some people have the drive to realize their full potential as humans.
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