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CHAPTER 19

Summary

Mr. Calvin Grimes is taking Patty to reform school. Mr. Grimes and Patty stop at a gulf station for dinner on the way. They talk about Anton, lawyers and Patty’s sentence. After they finish dinner, they continue their travel to The Jasper E. Conrad Arkansas Reformatory.

Notes

In this chapter we find out Patty’s sentence: She is to be committed to the Arkansas Reformatory for Girls anywhere from four to six months. Patty reports that, in court, she was called a traitor and described as a person with no loyalties. This expresses the irony of the story; for it was Patty’s loyalties and her genuine giving spirit, which got her into trouble.


When Patty recalls an encounter with her lawyer, Mr. Kishner, she notes that he says to her, “...you have embarrassed Jews everywhere. Because your loyalty is questionable, then every Jew’s loyalty is in question” (205). This statement illustrates the conflict between the Jewish and the Germans, during WWII. Since the Germans were initiating mass genocide of the Jews in Europe, the Americans, especially the Jewish Americans were extremely hateful towards Germans. Since Patty is Jewish, Mr. Kishner is telling her that she has betrayed her country as well as her religion, by housing Anton.

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