The Book of Harlan Quotes

Bernice L. McFadden
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Him? Who is he? He's nobody. Just a carpenter. Certainly not good enough for our Emma!
-- Reverend Tenant Robinson (Chapter Seven paragraph 1)

Importance: Reverend Tenant Robinson was enraged that Emma was pregnant. He insisted that Emma move to Atlanta, Georgia or Jacksonville, Florida to have the baby and give it up for adoption. Louisa informed Tenant that Sam agreed to marry Emma. Tenant reacted to their plans to marry by s threatened Sam by yelling in his face. Tenant's words made it clear that he did not approve of Sam's status as a carpenter. As a Reverend, the Robinsons were in the upper class of Black people in Macon. Tenant disregarded his role as the leader of the church when he angrily yelled at Sam about not being worthy of marrying his daughter. Tenant doesn't want his daughter to be regarded as lower class by marrying a low class carpenter.

I'll take whatever job you've got for...
-- Emma Elliot (Chapter 14 paragraph 10th)

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