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Black Boy Chapters 11 & 12
<ul><li>Richard reaches Memphis on a cold morning in 1925.  </li></ul>
<ul><li>As he walks along Beale Street looking for accommodations…. </li></ul>
 
<ul><li>He notices that outside an apartment, there is a board announcing the availability of rooms.  </li></ul>
<ul><li>Then he looks into the face of a fat and elderly, but smiling Mulatto Woman, peeping out of the window. </li></ul>...
<ul><li>The woman calls him back and assures him that she is a respectable woman.  </li></ul><ul><li>Richard accepts the r...
<ul><li>Richard is very happy that he has got a decent lodging on the first day of his visit to Memphis. </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>When he wakes up, he joins the family for lunch.  </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Moss introduces her teenaged daughter, Be...
<ul><li>Mrs. Moss hints that she would like Bess to marry a boy like Richard.  </li></ul><ul><li>Bess  responds enthusiast...
<ul><li>In the evening, as he goes about exploring the streets of Memphis, a board outside a hotel catches his attention: ...
<ul><li>Richard meets the Manager of the hotel and gets the job at $10 a week. </li></ul>
<ul><li>He is happy that he has acquired a job with good salary, as it would enable him to save money for his trip to Chic...
<ul><li>Returning back, he informs Mrs. Moss about his job at the hotel.  </li></ul><ul><li>The landlady is happy with his...
<ul><li>Bess forces herself on Richard and she wants him to make love to her.  </li></ul><ul><li>Richard gets tempted but ...
<ul><li>On the way, he meets a boy who seeks his help in lifting contraband liquor and selling it to a white man.  </li></...
<ul><li>Walking aimlessly on the streets of Memphis, Richard hits upon the idea of seeking employment in an optical compan...
<ul><li>With this object in mind, he looks through the directory to find the address of a good optical company.  </li></ul...
<ul><li>Richard accepts the job, though the salary is lower than what he was getting in the hotel.  </li></ul><ul><li>He s...
<ul><li>He gets used to working in the midst of White men. </li></ul>
<ul><li>He also becomes friendly with the black workers and shares his lunch with them.  </li></ul>
<ul><li>Richard’s ordered life experiences tremors, as he encounters problems both in the house and at the work place.  </...
<ul><li>When her nagging becomes unbearable, Richard threatens to move out of the place.  </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Moss and ...
<ul><li>Amongst the black employees in the company, there is an elevator operator called Shorty. </li></ul><ul><li>Shorty ...
<ul><li>Richard does not have a good opinion of Shorty, as he is willing to get insulted by the whites in order to get a q...
<ul><li>At the work place, he meets a customer who detects hunger on his face and offers him a dollar to have lunch.  </li...
<ul><li>Shortly afterwards, his foreman, Mr. Olins, meets him and provokes him to pick up a fight with Harrison, a Black b...
<ul><li>Richard meets Harrison face to face.  </li></ul><ul><li>As they talk, they realize that Mr. Olin is trying to crea...
<ul><li>He forces them to challenge each other in a boxing ring, by bribing them with five dollars.  </li></ul><ul><li>Ric...
<ul><li>As they face each other, they get into the mood of fighting.  </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the match, they are ...
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Black Boy Chapters 11 And 12

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Black Boy Chapters 11 And 12

  1. 1. Black Boy Chapters 11 & 12
  2. 2. <ul><li>Richard reaches Memphis on a cold morning in 1925. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>As he walks along Beale Street looking for accommodations…. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>He notices that outside an apartment, there is a board announcing the availability of rooms. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Then he looks into the face of a fat and elderly, but smiling Mulatto Woman, peeping out of the window. </li></ul><ul><li>Richard mistakes her for a prostitute and walks away. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The woman calls him back and assures him that she is a respectable woman. </li></ul><ul><li>Richard accepts the room at two and a half- dollars a month. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Richard is very happy that he has got a decent lodging on the first day of his visit to Memphis. </li></ul><ul><li>He therefore dozes off to sleep. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>When he wakes up, he joins the family for lunch. </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Moss introduces her teenaged daughter, Bess to him. </li></ul><ul><li>The girl is charming and vibrant. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Mrs. Moss hints that she would like Bess to marry a boy like Richard. </li></ul><ul><li>Bess responds enthusiastically to the suggestion. </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling embarrassed, Richard decides to keep a distance from them. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>In the evening, as he goes about exploring the streets of Memphis, a board outside a hotel catches his attention: the hotel is looking for dishwashers. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Richard meets the Manager of the hotel and gets the job at $10 a week. </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>He is happy that he has acquired a job with good salary, as it would enable him to save money for his trip to Chicago. </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Returning back, he informs Mrs. Moss about his job at the hotel. </li></ul><ul><li>The landlady is happy with his situation and persuades him to have food with them. </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Bess forces herself on Richard and she wants him to make love to her. </li></ul><ul><li>Richard gets tempted but resists. </li></ul><ul><li>In the morning, to avoid meeting Bess, he eats canned food in his room before going out. </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>On the way, he meets a boy who seeks his help in lifting contraband liquor and selling it to a white man. </li></ul><ul><li>The boy promises to share the money with Richard but reneges. </li></ul><ul><li>Richard realizes that both the boy and the white man have used him to dispose of their stash. </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>Walking aimlessly on the streets of Memphis, Richard hits upon the idea of seeking employment in an optical company. </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>With this object in mind, he looks through the directory to find the address of a good optical company. </li></ul><ul><li>Soon, he meets the owner of the company, who employs him but does not promise to teach him the trade. </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>Richard accepts the job, though the salary is lower than what he was getting in the hotel. </li></ul><ul><li>He starts working earnestly and soon adjusts himself to the surroundings. </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>He gets used to working in the midst of White men. </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>He also becomes friendly with the black workers and shares his lunch with them. </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>Richard’s ordered life experiences tremors, as he encounters problems both in the house and at the work place. </li></ul><ul><li>At home, Mrs. Moss pesters him to befriend Bess. </li></ul>
  22. 23. <ul><li>When her nagging becomes unbearable, Richard threatens to move out of the place. </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Moss and her daughter apologize for their behavior and promise never to bother him again. </li></ul>
  23. 24. <ul><li>Amongst the black employees in the company, there is an elevator operator called Shorty. </li></ul><ul><li>Shorty is a southern Negro, with the complexion of an Asian man. </li></ul>
  24. 25. <ul><li>Richard does not have a good opinion of Shorty, as he is willing to get insulted by the whites in order to get a quarter from them. </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><li>At the work place, he meets a customer who detects hunger on his face and offers him a dollar to have lunch. </li></ul><ul><li>Richard feels ashamed to accept the truth and hence, refuses to take the money. </li></ul>
  26. 27. <ul><li>Shortly afterwards, his foreman, Mr. Olins, meets him and provokes him to pick up a fight with Harrison, a Black boy working in a rival optical company. </li></ul>
  27. 28. <ul><li>Richard meets Harrison face to face. </li></ul><ul><li>As they talk, they realize that Mr. Olin is trying to create animosity between them. </li></ul><ul><li>They both reach an understanding, but Mr. Olin does not leave them alone. </li></ul>
  28. 29. <ul><li>He forces them to challenge each other in a boxing ring, by bribing them with five dollars. </li></ul><ul><li>Richard falls into the trap, much against his will, and encounters Harrison on the field. </li></ul>
  29. 30. <ul><li>As they face each other, they get into the mood of fighting. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the match, they are both physically and morally wounded. </li></ul>

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