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MonkeyNotes-The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
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The next morning she gets on the bus along with her father, John Henry and Berenice and they travel to Winter Hill. Frankie is disappointed that Winter Hill is further south from her own home town and that the towns they pass along the way are successively smaller and uglier. At the wedding, nothing goes as Frankie had planned. She never gets a chance to talk to either her brother or Janice about her plans to go with them on the honeymoon. When the couple get ready to leave, Frankie comes out with her bag. When they tell her she cannot go, she gets into the car and hangs onto the steering wheel. She is pried away from it and left crying in the dust as the car pulls away and leaves her alone. She cries all the way home on the bus, hating everyone who witnessed her humiliation.

That night, she decides to leave home alone and she writes her father a note, picks up her suitcase, takes her father’s pistol and some money out of his wallet and leaves the house. Once outside, she doesn’t know where to go. She doesn’t have enough money to buy a bus ticket and she doesn’t know how to hop a freight car. She sits on her suitcase in an alley and holds the gun to her head for a few minutes. Then she puts the gun away and goes back to the Blue Moon, thinking that if the red-haired soldier isn’t dead, she will marry him and leave town with him. She’s not there for long when the sheriff comes in and says they have been looking for her. She’s not sure why she’s being captured at first and is disappointed when she finds out she is only being captured for having run away.


Part 3 opens when Frankie has turned thirteen. She is standing in the kitchen making sandwiches for her new friend Mary Littlejohn. Berenice is sitting slumped at the table disapproving of Frankie’s choice of a Catholic for a friend. In the time since she ran away, Honey has been caught breaking into a store and put into jail. Berenice has tried everything she can to get his sentence reduced but to no avail. During the same time, John Henry died of meningitis. He was tortured with the pain of it for days before he died and Berenice has lost her sense of justice in the world. Frankie and her father are moving in with John Henry’s parents in a new house in the suburbs and Berenice is leaving their employ. Frankie has been humbled by John Henry’s death and Honey’s incarceration, but she is in the throes of euphoria over her new girlfriend who will spend the night with her and ride out to the new house with her in the morning. The two girls plan to grow up and become world travelers together.

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