Roots - Chapters 41-50 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 41-50 Summary

After six days, Kunta and five other men are dressed in unfamiliar clothes, chained together, and taken outside to where a slave auction is being held, being whipped as they go. There are many toubob mingling there, and Kunta recoils at their strong smell. The auctioneer inspects the men and calls selling points to the crowd: 'just picked out of the trees' ... 'bright as monkeys' ... 'top prime, young and supple'! Several men approach Kunta and inspect his body, private parts and teeth with their hands, before bidding on him.

Eventually Kunta is unchained and taken off by one of the toubob who is accompanied by a Wolof man. The Wolof lifts him into a box on wheels which is attached to an animal, chaining him to the floor. As they move off, Kunta sees a line of chained black men walking...

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