The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Alice and Billup Summary & Analysis

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When Alice and Billup were young, they were sent to Thomas' house to be tutored. Thomas molested Billup while Alice was locked inside the parlor. Neither of them ever told anyone else and this secret bonds the two of them and scars them in different ways. Both of them blame Alice for not having told an adult. However, while Billup comes to realize that this is not true and endeavors to move on with his life, Alice cannot let go. She attempts to cope with this guilt by assigning herself as Billup’s lifetime caretaker. Her guilt also manifests in delusion of seeing Thomas and finally bringing him to justice — but even in her moment of delusion, she is overtaken by fear and becomes paralyzed.

Alice grows up to marry a black doctor, live in a big house, and have servants. She...

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