An American Marriage - Part One: Bridge Music, Pages 41-68 (Letters) Summary & Analysis

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The following section is comprised of letters sent between Roy and Celestial over the five years that Roy was in jail. Celestial wrote to Roy, confessing that she was “so lonely I talk to the walls and sing to the ceiling” (41). Roy responded, noting his frustration that, in prison he could no longer provide for Celestial. Looking at his paper and pen, he wrote, “This is all I have to be a husband with?” (43). Roy wrote again describing his new cellmate, whose name was Walter. Walter was from Eloe and also bowlegged, like Roy. He put Celestial on the visitors’ list and thanked her for sending him money. Celestial updated Roy on the appeals process; they had retained Celestial’s Uncle Banks as Roy’s lawyer.

Celestial and Roy squabbled in their letters over their decision to abort...

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