Mules and Men - Study Guide Folk Tales, Chapters 4 through 6 Summary & Analysis

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In chapter four, Hurston travels to Polk County, then sees a sign announcing the Everglades Cypress Lumber Company in Loughma, Florida, and decides to stop there. She finds the people distrustful initially because many of them are on the run from the law. Hurston says that there is one woman, Babe Hill, who had been on the run from the law for killing her husband. She'd been caught and taken to jail before the case was dropped. Hurston says she doesn't want to mislead the reader, and says that women who kill are punished, though she believes there to be a "quota" before justice is exacted. She says that she probably once knew what that number was, but has since forgotten. She does say that there's a woman there who had killed five men and that "the sheriff was thinking of...

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