Nightjohn Setting & Symbolism

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The Waller Plantation

The Waller Plantation is where the novel is set. Sarny was born on the plantation and will live there until she is sold to another plantation, runs away, or dies.

The Breeding Shack

The Breeding Shack is where Waller sends physically mature girls to mate. Waller sends the girls as soon as they have their first period and forces them to mate against their will. Sarny lives in constant fear of the breeding shack, especially after seeing the effect it had on Alice.

The Spring House

The spring house is where Waller prefers to carry out his whippings. He typically whips his slaves in the spring house in the evening after forcing the punished slave to hang in the sun all day. He makes sure that all the field hands will be around to witness the attack.

Bag

Bag is the first word Sarny learns...

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