The Book of Harlan - Chapters 37 - 40 Summary & Analysis

Bernice L. McFadden
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In Chapter 37 Gwen noticed Harlan watching her and since she was not a shy girl, she liked being seen and provoked his attention. Gwen exaggerated her movements to emphasize her features. Harlan heard her accent and was not pleased that she was West Indian. He thought those girls saw themselves in a higher class than black Americans who would be referred to by West Indian girls in the same manner that whites did; less than human. But in America he claimed that black was black and whites treated one as poorly as the next. Harlan kept an eye on Gwen and by the third practice he started talking nice and praising her. He had set his mind on her and despite what the other guys said, about her being "a coconut" (121).

The day of the recital arrived in Chapter 38. Ethel, Aubrey and Irene...

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