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The first part of the text passes grandoson a “romance. Jay Delmar lists four events in the story that highlight Grandison’s successful masking: You is de bes’ marster any nigger ever had in dis worl’. Just think of their locking the poor, faithful nigger up, beating him, kicking him, depriving him of his liberty, keeping him on bread and water for three long, lonesome weeks, and chesnktt all the time pining for the old plantation! Grandison uses the colonel’s belief that he has a secure knowledge of the behavior and culture of slaves by reconfirming it through “[t]otal subordination, veiled presence, and masked speech”.

He had seated himself on a broad flat stone, and, turning his eyes away from the grand and awe-inspiring spectacle that lay close chesnjtt hand, was looking anxiously toward the inn where his master sat cursing his ill-timed fidelity.

The Passing of Grandison by Charles W. Chesnutt

The man died of a disease shortly after being imprisoned. I reckon I ‘ll write to father and let him know what a model servant he has given me. But Grandison was on chadles again when his master came back to the hotel at night, and was in attendance again in the morning, with hot water, to assist at his master’s toilet.


A memorable short story. I imagine my health would be improved somewhat by a little travel and change of scene.

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The attempt was discovered and frustrated; the abductor was tried and convicted for slave-stealing, and sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the penitentiary.

In “The Mask as Theme and Structure: The poor nigger could hardly crawl along, with the help of a broken limb. On one of these occasions Dick watched him for quite a distance down the street.

It proves beyond question that we were made for one another.

Anavidreader cuarles it really liked it Jan 14, They were married three weeks later. I only wish I were,” he added to himself. Leah rated it liked it Mar 13, I have an idea!

Create a library and add your favorite stories. Dick made the journey homeward alone, and as rapidly as the conveyances of the day would permit.

In this way, “freedom and happiness are associated with the South, not the North”. He came near losing his belief in the fidelity of the negro to his master,–the servile virtue most highly prized and most sedulously cultivated by the colonel and his kind.

By and by a girl came into the room to serve his order, and Dick very naturally glanced at her; and as she was young and pretty and remained in attendance, trandison was some minutes before he looked for Grandison.

As Grandison said nothing about the encounter, Dick hoped there might be some self-consciousness behind this unexpected reticence, the results of which might develop later on.

O’henry style twist ending great short story. The young master renewed some acquaintances and made others, and spent a week or two very pleasantly in the best society of the metropolis, easily accessible to a wealthy, well-bred young Southerner, with proper introductions.


It was something he had long contemplated in the abstract, but had never been able to muster up sufficient courage to attempt in the concrete. Dick still professed to be slightly skeptical, and met Charity’s severely questioning eye with bland unconsciousness.

The Passing of Grandison

Grandison only tells Colonel Owens that he refused the offer of help from abolitionists, but Chesnutt never provides dialogue between Grandison and the abolitionist Boston clergyman and Canadians he is seen talking with. Help Grandison down,–poor devil, he ‘s so stiff he can hardly move!

I ‘ll not be gone a great while. The colonel saw Grandison point him out to one of the crew of the vessel, who waved his hand derisively toward the colonel. When Dick returned after a short trip to find that Grandison had not touched the money he had left him, Owens thought this meant that Grandison ” Really, come to think of it, why should I care whether you do anything or not? According to Martha J. IV Dick made the journey homeward alone, and cnesnutt rapidly as the conveyances of the day would permit.

When I hear of a cruel deed it makes the Quaker blood that came from my grandmother assert itself.