The Twelve-Mile Straight - Chapters 11 - 14 Summary & Analysis

Eleanor Henderson
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Chapter 11 jumps back to when Nan was still pregnant. Nan waited for Juke to call the reverend so she could marry Genus, but he never did. Nan prayed the baby would be a boy, and that its father would be Genus, not Juke. She stayed away from Genus, as Juke demanded.

Juke continued to rape her, which made Nan worry that he was not going to let her get married. Many nights, she stole gin from him, and left it as an offering at Genus’ shack, the only way she knew to communicate with him.

Two nights later, after Juke had raped her again, Nan resolved to reveal her pregnancy to Genus, bringing with her another bottle of gin. Juke came across them, and Nan hid the jug of gin between her legs. Juke told Genus that if the baby looked like him...

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