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The Underground Railroad (novel) - Section 7 Summary & Analysis

Colson Whitehead
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Tennessee, Part 1, pp. 198 – 212. This section begins with another quote from a reward poster, dated only May 17th and for a 16-year-old mulatto girl named Peggy.

In the chapter proper, narration describes how Cora, in a wagon driven by Ridgeway, learns to tolerate another captured escapee (Jasper) who is, annoyingly, always-singing. Also in the wagon: Ridgeway’s assistant Boseman (who wears a necklace of human ears, taken from an Indian tracker) and Homer, the colored driver who, Ridgeway reveals in conversation with Cora is actually free but knows he is much more likely to stay alive if he stays with Ridgeway.

As the wagon and its passengers pass through Tennessee, Cora notices that much of the land has been burned. As the journey continues, Cora and the others learn there was a large fire that destroyed the area and its homesteads. Cora also learns that...

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