Chapter 1 "Karintha"
• Karintha is sexually desired by men as a child.
• Karintha becomes sexually active at a young age and lashes out emotionally.
• Karintha loses emotional interest in men.
• Men give Karintha money, hoping to have sex with her.
• Karintha gives birth to a baby in a bed of pine needles.
Chapter 2 "Reapers"
• Black field workers sharpen their scythes.
• The workers begin cutting weeds in a field.
• A field rat is cut and killed by the blade.
• The reapers continue working.
Chapter 3 "November Cotton Flower"
• The boll weevil has destroyed the cotton crops.
• The dry soil takes all of the water from the rivers, and they go dry.
• Birds are found dead at the bottom of wells.
• A cotton flower blooms in November.
• Old folks take it as a sign.
Chapter 4 "Becky"
• Becky becomes pregnant by a black man and...
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