Elijah of Buxton - Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

Christopher Paul Curtis
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Chapter 3 Summary

After school, Elijah hurries to do his chores so he can deliver fish that he has promised. A smart mule, Flapjack, knows in advance when he's coming. Elijah does his unpleasant chores first, and afterward tries to catch live flies off the horses to use for fishing. He imagines the horseflies having a standoff, and stunning them is an art form for him.

The Preacher once welcomed seven newly freed slaves, warning them about the weather and horseflies, and stretching the truth about himself. Mr. Segee, who has a dry sense of humor, always trusts that Elijah has done a thorough job at the stables. Flapjack takes off first, Elijah catches up. Elijah believes mules are better than horses for several reasons.

The Preacher, since he has lately seen Jesus giving gifts to Elijah, sometimes comes along and shoots his "mystery pistol." The Preacher is so impressed...

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