Strange Fruit - Chapters 20-21 Summary & Analysis

Lillian Smith
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In Chapter 20, Miss Sadie and Miss Belle discuss the events surrounding Tracy’s death and the preparations for his funeral over the phone until Miss Sadie, who works as a telephone operator, quickly tells Belle she can’t talk anymore and hangs up. She hears men talking outside her door, saying that Crazy Carl has told them Henry is responsible for killing Tracy. The men are making plans to find Henry. Later, when Crazy Carl comes to Miss Sadie’s room for his daily glass of milk, she asks him what he’s been telling the other men about Henry. She instructs him he can’t place the blame on Henry if he isn’t sure Henry was responsible. Carl strikes out at Miss Sadie and she is able to deflate the situation only by giving Carl his milk. As soon as Carl...

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