Song of the Shank - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

Jeffery Renard Allen
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This chapter begins with descriptions of Blind Tom’s performances. Perry Oliver is his manager, and he plays patriotic songs, classical songs, and his own compositions. He also recites chapters in Greek, Latin, and French. He quotes philosophy and the Bible. There is even a part of the performance where the audience is asked to see if they can “stump” Tom by asking him to recite something. or to replay something that the participant demonstrates.

The show travels the world, and Tom is interviewed by reporters everywhere. Tom plays for the Southern army leaving home and the Grand Union Army leaving Washington. He plays at the White House. Eventually, Perry observes three ladies in black who weep and wear black at every concert. This is unsettling to Perry. Not long after that began, General Bethune tells Perry that he is taking Tom back. The...

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