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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