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MonkeyNotes-The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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Back at the Kelly house, Mick sits out on the porch with her brothers and some other neighbor kids. Her younger brother, Bubber, is playing with a rifle and shoots a young girl named Baby Wilson. Mick tries to teach him a lesson by telling him she is dead and that he will be electrocuted. Bubber becomes so distraught that he tries to run away. He is found, but is never the same again. After that, he will not be friends with anyone and he begins to go by his proper name, George. At Doctor Copeland’s house, it is Christmas. He has an annual Christmas party in which he judges for an essay contest. The winning essay this year is on the desire on the writer’s part to make a separate nation for African Americans and to get revenge against white people for centuries of oppression. Doctor Copeland gives a speech at the party and is very happy to see that his friends understand what he is talking about.


The town has become very restless. Many new tent shows spring up and people are getting angry about their poverty. Singer walks the streets and is often followed. He speaks to many people all of whom make of him a sort of savior. Singer has begun to think of Antonapoulos as perfect. He has forgotten all of his friend’s flaws and limitations. He writes him a long letter about his four new friends and about their life together before their separation. Back at the cafe, Biff has begun to wear his late wife’s perfume and has taken up home decorating. He remembers his childhood. His mother had taken away his favorite box of soft things when he was only six. He visits with Lucille, his sister-in-law, and her daughter Baby, and then watches as Singer and Jake and Mick talk. At Mick’s house, thinks have become worse than ever. They have to pay for Baby Wilson’s medical expenses and have lost the house. They now rent it and the children often go hungry. Mick has lately begun to develop a friendship with Harry Minowitz, her next door neighbor. In Doctor Copeland’s life, he finds Portia one day in his kitchen drunk. She tells him that Willie has been tortured by white prison guards and his feet amputated as a result of his injuries. When Doctor Copeland tries to go to see a judge, he is beaten and jailed by a white sheriff’s deputy. At the Kelly house, Mick has had to start sleeping in the living room since her sister Etta has gotten sick. She cannot stop thinking of what has happened to Willie. One day she and Harry Minowitz bicycle out of town to go swimming in a creek and they have sex. Harry feels so guilty that he runs away. In Jake Blount’s life, he has been plagued with headaches and bad dreams. He is always having to stop fights at the carnival. His fellow workers laugh at him for his ideas and his short stature. He visits Singer and learns of what happens to Willie. He insists on meeting Willie. Singer takes him to Doctor Copeland’s house and Willie tells him the story of the cause of the guards’ torturing him and two of his fellow worker-inmates. Jake is rebuffed when he tells Willie he wants to help him. He goes into Doctor Copeland’s room and gets into a heated argument with the doctor. Sometimes they agree, but then fall into a dispute immediately afterward. Finally Doctor Copeland collapses and Jake leaves. In Mick’s life, she finds that she can no longer stay in her thoughts about music. She is so often distracted. When the opportunity comes up, she decides to take a job to help with the family’s expenses. She feels trapped and hopeless. Singer goes to see Antonapoulos and finds that he has died. He returns home and kills himself.

Part III resolves the lives of the remaining characters. Doctor Copeland is taken to his father-in-law’s farm to recover from tuberculosis, Jake escapes a riot and leaves town, Mick continues working at Woolworth’s and tries to keep her dream alive of being a musician, and Biff continues watching people come into his cafe, feeling love for all of them.

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