Cross Creek and For This is an Enchanted Land
• The memoir opens with a description of Cross Creek, a peaceful area in Florida well known for its beauty. The neighborhood consisted of five white families and two "colored" families. Rawlings was known as "Little Miss" by her neighbors and lived in a house she inherited near an orange grove.
Taking Up the Slack and The Magnolia Tree
• Rawlings loved the idea of farming but struggled on her land. Martha stepped in and helped her "take up the slack." Rawlings believed that if Martha were white, she would be an aristocrat because she was so kind and well bred. Martha helped everyone in the community that needed her.
• Rawlings spent much time considering magnolia trees and the hammock, dark, wet earth that the orange trees thrived on. Rawlings witnessed a sow and her piglets in the hammock...
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