Selected Short Stories - That Evening Sun Summary & Analysis

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That Evening Sun Summary

When Dilsey, their regular cook is sick, the children of a white family are sent to Negro Hollow to summon Nancy, who substitutes for Dilsey when she is sick. The children include the nine-year-old narrator, Quentin, his seven-year-old sister Caddy and five-year-old brother Jason. The children are advised by their father not to cross the ditch because they might run into Jesus, a small, dangerous black man with a scar across his face from a knife fight. Unable to rouse Nancy by calling her name, the children toss stones onto her roof until she comes naked to the door and pokes her head out. "What yawl mean, chunking my house?" Nancy says. "What you little devils mean?" When she at first refuses to come, the children ask whether she's drunk. She tells them to leave her alone and goes...

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