When the Emperor Was Divine: A Novel - Chapter 2 Train Summary & Analysis

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In September of 1942, the girl, her brother, and her mother are on an eastbound train with many other Japanese-Americans. The girl observes the scenery out the window, and to combat boredom throws a lemon out the train window.

Since spring the family had been living with many other Japanese-Americans at the Tanforan horse racing track south of San Francisco. Now they are on a train bound for Utah. Soldiers put crates of oranges and lemons on the train, and though the girl likes oranges, she cannot eat them because the motion of the train makes her feel ill. She vomits.

At noon the train passes through a small town in Nevada. The girl watches the people on the streets, and she leans out the window to wave and yell at the people. A soldier touches her on the shoulder and politely asks her to stop...

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