Moloka'i - Part Four-'Ohana, Chapters 19 & 20 Summary & Analysis

Alan Brennert
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Part Four-'Ohana, Chapters 19 & 20 Summary

Chapter nineteen opens in 1941, and a new group of leprosy victims arrives. Among them is a young white man named Gabriel Crossen. Crossen is a former sailor, still in his U.S. Navy uniform, and he appears angry all the time. While Rachel, Kenji, and other residents want to help, they recall their own difficult first days, and they give Crossen time to adjust. It is unusual for a white man to be confined at Kalaupapa, and when Kenji and Rachel inquire, they discover that the leprosarium on the mainland United States is in Carville, Louisiana, close to Crossen's family in Baton Rouge. Crossen chose Kalaupapa because he did not want to embarrass his family. Rachel and Kenji also learn that Crossen believes he got leprosy from a Chinese prostitute. He severely beat the prostitute and hates all Asians...

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