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Someday, . . I will understand, and I will be able to do something about it. I will write books that will prove the history texts were distorted. ”8 It is interesting SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT 27 to note here how Walker represents her experience in terms of past and future tenses. The history learned on the school benches of the segregated South contributed to this first impulse to set the record of American history straight. In the North, Walker realized that poverty and injustice were not confined to the Southern states or to one side of the racial dividing line.

However, “suddenly Granny Ticey gave a bloodcurdling yell, startling all the watchers and making them all sit up wide awake . . ”91 Granny Ticey’s reaction reveals her utter despair in relation to Hetta’s death. Her yell echoes Jake’s “terrible groan”92 and takes the place of the words they cannot articulate. On another level, it dramatizes the absurdity of the slavery system. The image of the old woman with her skirts thrown over her head, her eyes covered, running aimlessly evokes an upside-down world that has lost sense and direction.

The figure of a pregnant woman heavy with his children does not emerge in Dutton’s recollections. Nor does he consider the children he had with her and who sooner or later he had to sell away to appease his wife. His memories are reduced to Hetta’s young body: “Her small young breasts tilted up, and even her slight hips and little buttocks were set high on her body. ”86 Like the other characters, he remembers Hetta on his own terms, and for him she is the temptress whom he has to subdue and possess.

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