The Invention of Wings - Part 1, November 1803 – February 1805 Summary & Analysis

Sue Monk Kidd
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Part 1, November 1803 – February 1805

Hetty Handful Grimke – Ten year-old Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a slave girl, remembers a story that Mauma,her mother, tells her about when black people could fly with magic in Africa. Handful knows this is just a story, especially because they are slaves, but doesn’t realize until later that black people can fly, but without magic. Handful is a slave to the Grimke family of Charleston, South Carolina. The fourteen slaves are given daily Bible lessons from Mrs. Grimke, advising them on obedience. Aunt-Sister, having been with Mrs. Grimke since childhood, is the most senior slave along with Tomke, the butler. Aunt-Sister is the only slave who can speak as an equal to Mrs. Grimke without getting hit. Handful is a handful, and gets hit by Aunt-Sister on a daily basis. Handful gets her name because that is what...

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