Explain the relationships between the black and white people in this town. Why don't they change after slavery and after civil rights? Why is this town so far behind the times? Explain what is happening in this story between the people who are light-skinned blacks and the people who are dark-skinned blacks. What about the whites and the Cajuns? How do they all view each other? Who is "looking down" on whom?
Miss Merle is waiting for a decade for the Major to notice her. She has her servant, Lucy, bake the Major a pie. These are two examples of how Miss Merle views her world. Give other examples of Miss Merle's behavior that indicates that she is old-fashioned and comfortable with the old ways of doing things. Discuss when Miss Merle shows her anger and fear at how the events of the day changes her world.
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