Tar Baby

Tar Baby: Chapter 8

Chapter 8   Valerian sits in his greenhouse trying to understand what Margaret has admitted to doing. He used to think that she drank in secret, but this is worse. She used to stick pins in her baby. She knew it was wrong, but there was something “delicious” about it, she told him at the …

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Tar Baby: Chapter 6

Chapter 6 Christmas approaches and Margaret and Valerian get on a little better with each other. Ondine is worried that Jadine is going to go off with Son, but Sydney thinks Jadine is only playing with him. He reassures Ondine that Jadine will stay; nothing is going to change.   Christmas Day comes but none …

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Tar Baby: Chapter 5

Chapter 5 Jadine tells Margaret all she knows about the intruder, now guest. Margaret promises to have it out with Valerian over the issue. She wants to fly to Miami to escape the situation and persuades a reluctant Jadine to come with her, but then Jadine has another encounter with the black man which makes …

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Tar Baby: Chapter 4

Chapter 4 It is noon the day after the black intruder was invited by Valerian to stay for dinner. Margaret has had little sleep and lies in bed, not sure that she wants to face the day. She feels that Valerian insulted her by asking the man to dinner. If it were not for the …

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Tar Baby: Chapter 2

Chapter 2 This chapter surveys the nighttime hours at L’Abre de Croix and supplies more details about the lives of Valerian, Margaret, and Jadine.   Jadine awakens from a dream and recalls an unpleasant incident that happened to her when she was shopping in Paris two months ago. A beautiful, tall African woman in a …

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Tar Baby: Chapter 3

Chapter 3 On a foggy day on the island, Valerian, Margaret, and Jadine are eating dinner together, waited on by Sydney. Margaret feels awkward, and Valerian needles her by correcting her pronunciation of a foreign word. Margaret ignores him and continues to talk to Jadine but when she makes a mistake in her table manners …

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Tar Baby: Chapter 1

Chapter 1 The chapter begins with some background information about the Isle des Chevaliers. Three hundred years ago, laborers brought in from Haiti cleared the land of this island paradise, after which impressive houses were built. One of these houses, sitting on a high hill, was the beautiful L’Arbe de le Croix, which now has …

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Tar Baby: Summary

Prologue Just before nightfall, about a mile from the harbor of a fictional Caribbean island called Isle de Chevaliers, an unnamed man, referred to only as “he,” jumps from a ship, the H.M.S. Stor Konigsgaarten, and swims for the shore. Encountering difficulties because of the current, he clambers aboard a small boat named the Seabird …

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