Song of the Shank Quotes

Jeffery Renard Allen
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Eyes are globes that map the feelings of the face.
-- Narrator (Chapter 1 paragraph 92)

Importance: The narrator is describing Tom and the fact that he doesn't have any sight in his eyes, and what a disadvantage that puts him at.

It would hardly have been fitting for her to strike up any conversation with the Negro. Knows well how to play her part.
-- Eliza (Chapter 1 paragraph 295)

Importance: Eliza realizes that although she is not prejudiced, others in the country, especially so recently after the Civil War, are very offended by seeing a white woman with a black young man.

A discovery: the blind can actually cry. (How had she escaped noticing this among the blind children at the Asylym those many years ago?)
-- Eliza (Chapter 1 paragraph 552)

Importance: Before ever taking care of Tom, Eliza worked in the Asylum where many of the people had eye problems. She treated their eyes as the doctor recommended to take care of their illness, but it wasn...

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