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The Last of the Just - Chapter 4, The Just Man of the Flies, Part 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4, The Just Man of the Flies, Part 5 Summary

Ernie is scolded by all in his household. Ernie feels he has failed once again at trying to reach the souls around him and needs some way to ground himself. Benjamin sends Ernie out to buy a shoehorn, which is Ernie's first foray into the world with his new knowledge. Ernie tries to explain that he needs a shoehorn, but is unable to express himself and pantomimes, which leads to further confusion and the little girl screams for help, though Ernie continues explains his need. The little girl screams again for help. This brings on a spewing of hatred toward all Jews, with Ernie being called a dirty little fiend by the grocer's wife. Mother Judith is determined to defend Ernie without even knowing what actually happened. However, Mother Judith strikes Ernie in...

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