Ragtime - Study Guide Chapters 10-12 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 10. Father writes home from the Arctic every day. Peary’s expedition to the North Pole proceeds; his assistant, the African-American Mathew Henson supervises the training. Father thinks the Eskimo men and women working with the expedition are primitive and child-like people and curiously notes the Eskimos exhibit no sexual timidity. Traveling through and across the ice becomes difficult as the expedition nears the pole. Father presents Peary with a flag from his factory to place at the North Pole and then returns to New Rochelle. Peary reaches the North Pole yet remains unsatisfied.

Chapter 11. Evelyn Nesbit and Mother's Younger Brother strike up a relationship; they engage in frequent sexual intercourse, but find they have little to speak about otherwise. Mother's Younger Brother helps Evelyn Nesbit search for Tateh and his little girl, but with little success. Goldman criticizes Evelyn Nesbit’s acceptance of her role sex...

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