Uncle Tom's Children - "Big Boy Leaves Home," Part 2 Summary & Analysis

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"Big Boy Leaves Home," Part 2 Summary

Big Boy and company come upon the swimming hole. They debate whether to go swimming. Lester, Buck and Bobo shy away, since the swimming hole belongs to old man Harvey, a white man known to shoot at trespassers. Big Boy wants to go, arguing that they are already trespassing, so what is the difference if they trespass in the swimming hole? They take off their clothes and jump in, hooting and hollering at the water's coldness, making fun of old man Harvey and trying not to be too loud. They climb out and start to dry off in the sun when a white woman comes upon them, startled. They are naked and paralyzed with fear. Big Boy starts to approach the woman, asking for his clothes. Misinterpreting his advance as hostile and predatory, the woman screams for...

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