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First and foremost I will familiarize you with the characters in the novel - Jefferson a twenty-one-year-old uneducated black field worker condemned to die after being innocently involved in an armed robbery and shooting - Alcee Grope the white storekeeper killed during the attempted robbery - Brother and Bear two young black men killed while attempting to rob Alcee Gropes store - Miss Emma Jeffersons godmother she is determined that Jefferson will die with dignity - Grant Wiggins the narrator A cynical disillusioned teacher called upon to instill a sense of pride and self-worth in Jefferson before his execution - Tante Lou Grants aunt and Miss Emmas best friend - Vivian Baptiste Grant Wiggins girlfriend - Henri Pichot the owner of the plantation that once employed Miss Emma and Tante Lou as cook and housekeeper - Sam Guidry sheriff of Bayonne County Henri Pichots brother-in-law white authoritarian In late 1940s Grant Wiggins has been teaching on a plantation outside Bayonne Louisiana for several years when a slow-witted man named Jefferson is convicted of murder and sentenced to death Jefferson claims he is innocent of the crime He says he just asked a ride from his two friends Brother and Bear who happened to be on their way to the liquor store Upon arriving there the two men started arguing with the Alcee Grope the white storekeeper and the shoot out ensued The storeowner and the two men died and Jefferson shocked and nervous didnt know what to do He is thirsty so he took a drink from the nearest bottle and since he has no money decided to take some from the cash register Bottle on one hand and money on the other this is how he was found by the white people who are just entering the store He was arrested and tried for
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