The Emperor Jones - Study Guide Act 1, Scene 5 Summary & Analysis

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Jones comes to another clearing in the forest where he slinks down on a stump and holds his head in his hands. He begins to call out to the Lord. He knows he has done wrong in his life; he killed Jeff; and he killed the prison guard; and he took advantage of the people here. However, he hopes the Lord will forgive him and keep the natives away.

His clothes are in tatters and he removes his shoes, which are all torn, and flapping on his feet. He bemoans the fact that they had once been shiny patent leather and he is reluctant to throw them away.

As he is contemplating this, a silent crowd of people from the mid 1800's enters and it is clear that they have come to a slave auction. One man motions for Jones to stand on the stump...

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