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[3 of 5] If Beale Street Could Talk - Part Three - James Baldwin (1974)

Author: James Baldwin

“Part 3 of 5.” If Beale Street Could Talk, by James Baldwin, 1974.

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Fonny got me home at seven. He held me in his arms in the almost empty subway all the way uptown. It was Sunday morning. We walked our streets together, hand in hand; not even the church people were up yet; and the people who were still up, the few people, didn’t have eyes for us, didn’t have eyes for anybody, or anything.

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STEVEN G (Jan 05 2021 1:15PM) : fonny is a good person. he likes helping people in need. [Edited] more

he helped her walk to places that she didnt know

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JAYDEN T (Jan 06 2021 1:21PM) : This is exactly why I said why I think he’s innocent he doesn’t seem like the type to get locked up.Also I bet you they didn’t even see his full explanation of the situation.
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NIERRA R (Jan 08 2021 12:32PM) : i agree fonny dosent seem like he would do something like that.
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shaliyah f (Jan 20 2021 3:56PM) : you can be right. but also just because people do kind things dosent mean they dont do wrong. Yes i believe that Fonny is a good person but its possible he makes bad choices too.
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shaliyah f (Jan 20 2021 3:58PM) : i also think hes innocent. But im speaking in general like he can make bad choices too yk.
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Genesis G (Jan 22 2021 1:58PM) : i agree
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HEATHER F (Jan 08 2021 1:25AM) : Fonny is a trustworthy person. He seems to be loyal as well.
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Nico V (Jan 08 2021 8:52PM) : This shows Fonny cares for her. He is truly in love.
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Bethzy H (Jan 08 2021 10:00PM) : Fonny seems so loyal, he seems to be really in love with her.
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VICTORIA T (Jan 25 2021 1:21PM) : he rlly does tbhhh
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Mbathio M (Jan 13 2021 1:56PM) : It’s nice that they’re able to embrace eachother and got moments like these before he went to jail
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kailyn m (Jan 28 2021 9:32PM) : fonny is a very helpful/ caring person he surprised tish by walking her all the way home
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MARIO N (Jan 06 2021 9:54AM) : Wow fonny seems like respectful person.I still wonder how he was arrested
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ALEJANDRO R (Jan 06 2021 12:52PM) : fonny sounds like a good respectful person for doing this.
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VICTORIA T (Jan 25 2021 1:22PM) : n a kind man toooo
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JAYDEN T (Jan 06 2021 12:58PM) : This paragraph alone makes me feel as if Fonny is innocent because as you can see he’s respectful and he really loves tish and I don’t think he has to the heart to commit a crime knowing tish is pregnant
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shaliyah f (Jan 10 2021 8:27AM) : agreed
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SARA P (Jan 06 2021 1:22PM) : everything about this paragraph makes it hard to believe Fonny isn't innocent. he's seems so respectful and caring.
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 4:37PM) : Yeah i agree
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NIERRA R (Jan 08 2021 12:33PM) : i also agree he seems like a really good person.
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NICOLLE J (Jan 11 2021 2:18AM) : Fonny is so sweet and caring that you can tell he cant hurt someone i mean everyone can including him but he wont because he cares.
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Alexander w (Jan 12 2021 10:43AM) : fonny really has to like tish to the point where hes going to hold her hands all the way until there stop in the subway
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Isabell Z (Jan 17 2021 9:46PM) : By fonny doing this, well to me it's showing that he cares for tish and gives her comfort. Tish must be feeling safe in his arms.
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Oliver B (Jan 29 2021 10:14AM) : He made sure Tish got home safely and held her the entire time. I think this is just more evidence that he simply could not have committed the crime he was accused of.
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Tasneem O (Dec 21 2020 1:54PM) : That means they woke up extra extra early
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VICTORIA T (Jan 25 2021 1:22PM) : yeahh agreed
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AMRA B (Jan 06 2021 9:51AM) : Summary more

I wonder why they were up. I guess they were up because they were partying or they were on drugs.

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VICTORIA T (Jan 25 2021 1:22PM) : probably were n that isn't gooddd
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ALEXANDER C (Jan 08 2021 4:59PM) : could be comfortable for Tish that Fonny is holding her in his arms because of how scary walking on the street might be by yourself and how little people there are.
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Cristy I (Mar 23 2021 11:25PM) : Fonny is such a kind and good boyfriend . more

I admire the way fonny treats her because its rare to find true love and somebody whos kind and respectful no matter the situations in a relationship .

We got to my stoop and I thought Fonny would leave me there and I turned to kiss him away, but he took me by the hand and said, “Come on,” and we walked up the stairs. Fonny knocked on the door.

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EMMANUEL R (Jan 04 2021 10:32PM) : gentlemen more

instead of kissing her goodbye fonny decided to be nice enough and drop her off.

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Ian D (Jan 06 2021 9:44AM) : I agree. I think that it was very nice of Fonny to bring her up the stairs instead of just leaving at the front.
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NIERRA R (Jan 05 2021 10:10AM) : this was nice of fonny to drop her off
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 12:53PM) : I feel like fonny will be an amazing father
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ROJO V (Jan 07 2021 11:33AM) : i agree
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Kenneth P (Jan 06 2021 11:08PM) : Fonny is such a good respectful person to drop her off and get her home safely.
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shaliyah f (Jan 10 2021 8:29AM) : fonny did a great job by dropping her off,hes showing he will be a great dad to his child
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Lena F (Jan 28 2021 6:30PM) : Fonny was a gentleman for dropping her off. That shows that he's a nice guy.
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Bethzy H (Jan 08 2021 10:09PM) : Fonny is being such a gentlemen by taking her to her house and making sure she gets there safely.
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Alexander w (Jan 12 2021 10:37AM) : fonny being a gentleman more

Fonny walked tish up to her door

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Sis opened it, her hair tied up, wegring an old green bathrobe. She looked as evil as she could be. She looked from me to Fonny and back again. She didn’t exactly want to, but she smiled.

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Nico V (Jan 08 2021 8:59PM) : its weird how their family dynamic changes.
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ROJO V (Jan 06 2021 10:11AM) : Fonnys relationship with tishs family changes often
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NIERRA R (Jan 08 2021 12:33PM) : i agree , its kind of a love and hate relationship
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Bethzy H (Jan 08 2021 10:12PM) : yeah that is true it does seem to be like a love and hate relationship with Tish's family and Fonny.
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 12:54PM) : So she’s basically fake
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shaliyah f (Jan 10 2021 8:30AM) : yup
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Drew H (Jan 06 2021 6:44PM) : (Opinion) She hardly even tries to put up a nice front, being that Tish is a guest. I wonder what was going through her head when she established she wouldn't like her.
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ALEXANDER C (Jan 08 2021 5:01PM) : seems to either project that Tish's sis doesn't like him or just isn't in the mood because of the time.

“You’re just in time for coffee,” she said, and moved back from the door, to let us in.

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“We-” I started to say; but Fonny said, “Good-morning, Miss Rivers” – and something in his tone made Sis look at him sharply and come full awake – “I’m sorry we coming in so late. Can I speak to Mr. Rivers, please? It’s important!’

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Leo P (Jan 06 2021 9:46AM) : Why does he sound angry at her. Did something happen?
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Kenneth P (Jan 06 2021 11:26PM) : What was it about his tone that gave her that reaction? [Edited]
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MEKHI J (Jan 14 2021 10:17AM) : Plot more

I wonder what Fonny and Tish are doing at her parents house. I think they may be going to ask for money.

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Kaimea Z (Jan 02 2021 9:21PM) : why did Ernestine have that reaction? more

What about Fonny’s tone of voice made her look at him sharply and come full awake? Was Fonny’s tone very serious? Did he sound as if he was planning to say something life changing?

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 12:55PM) : Yeah i have the same question
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NIERRA R (Jan 05 2021 10:11AM) : why was fonnys tone of voice like this, was Ernestine mad? [Edited]
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ALEJANDRO R (Jan 06 2021 1:04PM) : i wonder why she had this reaction
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Bethzy H (Jan 08 2021 10:18PM) : I also wonder why he had this reaction, I wanna know what tone he used since his tone made his sis look sharply and full awake ?
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He still held me by the hand.

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“It might be easier to see him,” Sis said, “if you come inside, out of the hall.”

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“We-” I started again, intending to make up God knows what excuse.

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“Want to get married,” Fonny said.

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ROJO V (Jan 06 2021 10:13AM) : I wonder if this hurt tish feeling s
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benny v (Jan 06 2021 12:55PM) : Fonny issa little bold
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Mbathio M (Jan 13 2021 1:57PM) : fr
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 12:57PM) : I’m trying to figure out if he was sarcastic or was he serious or was he being rude
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Drew H (Jan 06 2021 6:45PM) : That's also what I'm trying to figure out. And I wonder if Tish is having the same reaction as us.
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ALEXANDER C (Jan 08 2021 5:02PM) : seems a little straight to the point and is weird for him to say this all of a sudden.
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ANGELINA T (Jan 10 2021 8:15PM) : Agreed. It makes no sense how he said that so quickly and abruptly. [Edited]
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Lena F (Jan 28 2021 6:30PM) : I wonder how long they've been together before wanting to get married.
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kailyn m (Jan 28 2021 9:34PM) : fonny is very bold to just say randomly “want to get married” i wonder what tish thought?
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“Then you’d really better have some coffee,” Sis said, and closed the door behind us.

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Sharon now came into the kitchen, and she was somewhat more together than Sis – that is, she was wearing slacks, and a sweater, and she had knotted her hair in one braid and skewered it to the top of her skull.

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“Now, where have you two been,” she began, “till this hour of the morning? Don’t you know bet­ter than to be behaving like that? I declare. We was just about to start calling the police.”

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Dehao L (Jan 07 2021 1:26PM) : She was worried about them was gonna call the police because of how long they were taking
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NIERRA R (Jan 08 2021 12:34PM) : i agree but i dont think they would do that
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But I could see, too, that she was relieved that Fonny was sitting in the kitchen, beside me. That meant something very important, and she knew it. It would have been a very different scene, and she would have been in very different trouble if I had come upstairs alone.

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NICOLLE J (Jan 11 2021 2:19AM) : you can tell that Fonny is family to them because of what's stated here she was relived and that's just sweet.
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Alexander w (Jan 12 2021 10:48AM) : facts because if fonny did not go to the door with tish it would have been a whole different situation
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Cristy I (Mar 23 2021 11:30PM) : Main prove of love and respect . more

This shows how much fonny loves her and respect her ,to bring her home and be ready to propose at such a young age its incredible and rare. Nowadays guys be scared to even face your mother .

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Jessica H (Mar 24 2021 10:37AM) : Remember that they have known each other since they were children...

“I’m sorry, Mrs. Rivers,” Fonny said. “It’s all my fault. I hadn’t seen Tish for a few weeks and we had a lot to talk about -1 had a lot to talk about – and-” he gestured-“I kept her out.”

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Alexis K (Jan 06 2021 2:30AM) : Question more

why did he run away from her??
did he think that made the problem easier to face??

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Dehao L (Jan 07 2021 1:27PM) : agree he should have faced the problem instead of making it even harder for himself
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NIERRA R (Jan 08 2021 12:34PM) : i agree as well he shouldnt run away from it

“Talking?” Sharon asked.

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 12:58PM) : Oh he sounds scared 👀
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NIERRA R (Jan 08 2021 12:34PM) : i agree
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 12:58PM) : Omg someone pls tell me who Sharon is I forgot ???

He did not quite flinch; he did not drop his eyes. “We want to get married,” he said. “That’s how come I kept her out so late.” They watched each other. “I love Tish,” he said. “That’s why I stayed away so long. I even-” he looked briefly at me-“went to see other girls – and – I did all kind of things, to kind of get it out of my mind.” He looked at me again. He looked down. “But I could see I was just fooling myself. I didn’t love nobody else but her. And then I got scared that maybe she’d go away or somebody else would come along and take her away and so I came back.” He tried to grin. “I came running back. And I don’t want to have to go away again.” Then, “She’s always been my girl, you know that. And – I am not a bad boy. You know that. And – you’re the only family I’ve ever had.”

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DOUGLAS M (Jan 05 2021 1:27PM) : fonny is getting scared because he thinks that tish is going to get taken or love someone else. this is kind of nice because it shows how much fonny really loves tish
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Dehao L (Jan 07 2021 1:27PM) : kinda wish more people were like this
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NIERRA R (Jan 08 2021 12:35PM) : this is very wholesome of him this just shows how much he loves her
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Bethzy H (Jan 08 2021 10:22PM) : This shows how much he really adores and loves Tish and how he scared someone would take Tish away from him.
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AMRA B (Jan 06 2021 10:12AM) : Summary more

I think Fonny is scared because he thinks his girl will get stollen thats why he stayed away for a long time.

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Luisa P (Jan 07 2021 11:56PM) : Fonny wants to marry tish because he wants Tish to be his and doesn't want her to get another lover.
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Nico V (Jan 08 2021 9:09PM) : Fonny wants to strengthen their relationship by getting married
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 12:59PM) : I feel like Fonny thinks that since hes in jail Tish will find a new lover and love someone else and he’s prolly worried
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Oliver B (Jan 29 2021 10:21AM) : It's respectful that he went to the house to ask for permission it seems. He didn't say "We are getting married" he said "We want". even though he's very keen on marrying Tish, It's almost as he wants to make sure they're okay with it first.
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alyssa g (Jan 06 2021 10:18AM) : confused but certain, thats what he sounds like but in the end he really does like her a lot
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Alexander w (Jan 12 2021 10:50AM) : for real he really in love
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ANDERSON M (Jan 19 2021 2:53PM) : yeah i agree hes in love
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alyssa g (Jan 06 2021 10:20AM) : he only has eyes for her and that's why he is so serious about their relationship
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:00PM) : This is a sign that they are meant for each other and will become great parents and can get married
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ANGELINA T (Jan 10 2021 3:35PM) : Fonny has never loved any other girl the way he loves Tish. more

“But I could see I was just fooling myself. 1 I didn’t love nobody else but her.”

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Cristy I (Mar 25 2021 12:04PM) : Acknowledging you wrong and being ready to change things for the better is such a great decision . more

Honesty comes with trust and loyalty and those are major factor in a relationship , the fact that fonny is being honest to her family says a lot of good things about him as well .

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SANIYA L (Jan 30 2021 1:00AM) : Hes telling tishs parents that he wants to marry her and that hes a good person
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JUAN V (Jan 04 2021 10:04AM) : . more

Fonny is feared that Tish might lose interest in him if she’s away for a while,

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JUAN V (Jan 06 2021 9:58AM) : . [Edited] more

I would feel the same way in this situation.

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:00PM) : Yeah i agree i feel like Fonnys mothers is going to ruin everything as well
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Alexander w (Jan 12 2021 10:51AM) : yeah onnys mom plays a factor too

“That,” Sharon grumbled, “is why I can’t figure out why you calling me Mrs. Rivers, all of a sud­den.” She looked at me. “Yeah. I hope you realize, Miss, that you ain’t but eighteen years old.”

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AMRA B (Jan 06 2021 10:14AM) : Summary more

I think Tish dad is afraid to let her go and get married because she is only 18 years old she is a young girl.

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:03PM) : Yeah, but if his daughter is pregnant already then there shouldn’t be a problem getting married
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SANIYA L (Jan 30 2021 1:26AM) : I agree but honestly tish is already pregnant meaning she should make her own decision
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benny v (Jan 06 2021 1:02PM) : i still dont know why sharon hates tish or thinks that tish isnt enough for fonny
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Nico V (Jan 08 2021 9:10PM) : yeah 118 is very young to get married
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shaliyah f (Jan 10 2021 8:33AM) : i mean yea, but there is a lot of people who gets married young, some people find the love of their life early [Edited]
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SANIYA L (Jan 30 2021 1:28AM) : 18 is young but now that she is going to become a mother it changes the whole situation
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Lena F (Jan 28 2021 6:32PM) : I think Sharon thinks that her getting married at 18 will be a mistake.
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“That argument,” said Sis, “and a subway token, will get you from here to the comer. If that far!” She poured the coffee. “Actually, it’s the older sister who is expected to marry first. But we have never stood on ceremony in this house.”

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HEATHER F (Dec 22 2020 1:32PM) : They are talking about Tish and Fonny getting married. She is saying that the oldest should get married first.
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shaliyah f (Dec 22 2020 1:34PM) : i agree
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NIERRA R (Jan 05 2021 10:16AM) : hey shaliyahhhh , nah buh i agree too
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shaliyah f (Jan 10 2021 8:34AM) : hiiiii
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Tasneem O (Dec 29 2020 7:33PM) : I kinda disagree because I feel like it’s doesn’t matter if you are the youngest or the oldest because if your are ready to get married and you want to then you should
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EMMANUEL R (Jan 04 2021 10:59PM) : agree more

I agree because you shouldn’t depend on the older sibling to get married first for you to get married because at that point your just wasting your time.

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Alexander w (Jan 12 2021 10:52AM) : same
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Leo P (Jan 06 2021 9:48AM) : I think that the parents are just disappointed in the oldest child for not getting married.
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 4:41PM) : I dont think Tish’s mom is disappointed,i think she was just shocked and relied on SIS to get married first
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shaliyah f (Jan 10 2021 8:37AM) : that exactly what i said,your age shouldn't make you wanna or not wanna get married you should do it because you know your ready for commitment
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shaliyah f (Jan 10 2021 8:38AM) : you're*
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Lena F (Jan 28 2021 6:34PM) : I think this was from a time when the expectations about marriage were more strict, so a lot of things that are common now would have been taboo back then.
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:05PM) : I dont like when she said the older sister should get married first because what if the oldest isnt ready for marriage and the youngest is. Your obviously not going to hold up her time because the oldest isnt ready
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Dehao L (Jan 07 2021 1:28PM) : agreed the oldest sister should get married when shes ready
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Bethzy H (Jan 08 2021 10:27PM) : yeah I agree, I don't think she should wait until the oldest sister gets married for she can married. I think the oldest sister should get married when she feels ready and found the one.
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ANGELINA T (Jan 10 2021 3:41PM) : I agree more

Just because she is the oldest sister doesn’t mean that she has to get married before her sister. she should be able to wait until she is ready and finds a person that she loves.

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Alexander w (Jan 12 2021 10:55AM) : I feel like if shes ready she should get married because why would the younger sibling wan't to wait it might take decades till the older sister gets married
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“What do you think about all this?” Sharon asked her.

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“Me? I’m delighted to be rid of the little brat. I never could stand her. I could never see what all the rest of you saw in her, I swear.” She sat down at the table and grinned. “Take some sugar, Fon­ny. You are going to need it, believe me, if you intend to tie yourself up with my sweet, sweet little sister.”

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Cristy I (Mar 25 2021 12:38PM) : I love her sister personality, it reminds me to me and my little sister relationship

Sharon went to the kitchen door, and yelled, “Joe! Come on out here! Lightning’s done struck the poorhouse! Come on, now, I mean it.”

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Lena F (Jan 28 2021 6:35PM) : I wonder what she means by 'poorhouse'.
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Fonny took my hand.

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Joseph came into the kitchen, in slippers, old corduroy pants, and a T-shirt. I began to realize that no one in this house had really been to sleep. Joseph saw me first. He really did not see any­one else. And, since he was both furious and relieved, his tone was very measured. “I’d like you to tell me exactly what you mean, young lady, by walking in here this hour of the morning. If you want to leave home, then you leave home, you hear? But, as long as you in my house, you got to respect it. You hear me?”

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Alexis K (Jan 06 2021 2:34AM) : Question more

why she so mad??

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Alexis K (Jan 06 2021 10:11AM) : Question [Edited] more

I ment to say he

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Luisa P (Jan 07 2021 11:59PM) : Because he probably worried that something happens because she came home really late.
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:06PM) : I dont think she’s mad i think she just wants an answer [Edited]
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Alexander w (Jan 12 2021 10:57AM) : yeah same i would if they came home that late
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Cristy I (Mar 25 2021 12:45PM) : Hardest part of this house meetings more

Fathers are usually more strict when it comes to their daughters having a relationship and I believe it will be harder too convince tish father about marrying . Man intuition should tell him fonny is a good guy .

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Then he saw Fonny, and Fonny let go my hand, and stood up.

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He said, “Mr. Rivers, please don’t scold Tish. It’s all my fault, sir. I kept her out. I had to talk to her. Please. Mr. Rivers. Please. I asked her to marry me. That’s what we were doing out so long. We want to get married. That’s why I’m here. You’re her father. You love her. And so I know you know – you have to know – that I love her. I’ve loved her all my life.You know that. And if I didn’t love her, I wouldn’t be standing in this room now – would I? I could have left her on the stoop and run away again. I know you might want to beat me up. But I love her. That’s all I can tell you.”

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JUAN V (Jan 04 2021 10:14AM) : . more

I think that was the main reason Tish & Fonny went to that place so that Fonny can admit to Tish’s father that he wants to marry her

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Ian D (Jan 06 2021 9:49AM) : I agree. I think that telling Tish's father was the reason Fonny was there
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JUAN V (Jan 06 2021 10:10AM) : . more

and I think this is a better move than just marry someone without notice.

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:07PM) : Yeah i agree
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EMMANUEL R (Jan 04 2021 11:05PM) : marry more

sounds sweet the fact that fonny confessed his love to tish father because he loves her and wants to marry her but needs tish father consent.

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NIERRA R (Jan 05 2021 10:17AM) : i agree and now i feel like he should be more willing to say yes just for the fact that he asked for his consent
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DOUGLAS M (Jan 05 2021 1:12PM) : i feel like there was no reson for fonny to think that "Mr.Rivers" would get mad becasue this isnt a bad thing for anyone.
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:08PM) : Exactly and Tish’s mother is always so supportive unlike fonnys mom
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STEVEN G (Jan 05 2021 1:17PM) : ask to marry [Edited] more

all he wants to do is marry her because of how he has true love for her. he cares abut her feelings and her troubles.

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:08PM) : Aww i just cant wait till they have a baby and get married and hopefully fonnys mother won’t interfere with negativity
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Isabell Z (Jan 17 2021 10:03PM) : Fonny really truly loves tish. Even takes the blame of arriving late right in front of her father.
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alyssa g (Jan 06 2021 10:22AM) : he is serious about making her his wife and he is being respectful trying to get Mr. Rivers ok. Thats a very nice thing to do.
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alyssa g (Jan 06 2021 10:23AM) : I believe that this is true. He is doing what he has to.
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ANDERSON M (Jan 19 2021 2:55PM) : hes saying that he really loves her and hes trying to get Mr. rivers his "ok you can marry tish"
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Joseph looked at him.

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“How old are you?”

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“I’m twenty-one, sir.”

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“You think that’s old enough to get married?”

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“I don’t know, sir. But it’s old enough to know who you love.”

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Drew H (Jan 06 2021 6:47PM) : I'm glad that even if Fonny is nervous, he's standing up and not backing down. This shows that he really love that girl.
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Dehao L (Jan 07 2021 1:29PM) : agreed most people would be to scared to stand up even for the ones they love

“You think so?”

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Fonny straightened. “I know so.”

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ANGELINA T (Jan 10 2021 5:30PM) : I like how Fonny knows what he wants and even though he may be nervous he is still answering Joseph's questions with absolute certainty.

“How you going to feed her?”

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:10PM) : Ooo i love this conversation ,Fonny is not going to let himself down 😎
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“How did you?”

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We, the women, were out of it now, and we knew it. Ernestine poured Joseph a cup of coffee and pushed it in his direction.

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“You got a job?”

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:14PM) : Tish’s father is doing an amazing job asking Fonny theses questions and if i was a father I would’ve done the same thing because I wouldn’t want to send my daughter off to someone not responsible,so I would ask as much questions as possible to know him.
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“I load moving vans in the daytime and I sculpt at night. I’m a sculptor. We know it won’t be easy. But I’m a real artist. And I’m going to be a very good artist – maybe, even, a great one.” And they stared at each other again.

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Joseph picked up his coffee, without looking at it, and sipped it without tasting it.

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:15PM) : So like he just swollen it so quickly that he didnt even tast it . I’m shocked 👁 👄 👁
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“Now, let me get this straight. You asked my little girl to marry you, and she said-“

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“Yes,” said Fonny.

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“And you come here to tell me or to ask my permission?”

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“Both, sir,” said Fonny.

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“And you ain’t got no kind of-“

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“Future,” Fonny said.

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Both men, again, then measured each other. Joseph put his coffee down. Fonny had not touched his.

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“What would you do in my place?” Joseph asked.

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AMRA B (Jan 06 2021 10:21AM) : Summary more

That is a good question. I agree with Joseph they are so young.If I was Tish’s dad I would say she is to young to because she has no money and no house

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:16PM) : But if they did have money and a house i think that would be fine because she older then 18
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Mbathio M (Jan 13 2021 2:05PM) : I think Joe is just trying to be protective of her here. They are feeling a lot of emotions, mostly worry, because of Tish coming home so late. So this is kind of unexpected for them [Edited]
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MARIO N (Jan 06 2021 10:22AM) : I agree with Joseph. I would ask how they are going to feed themselves too. How are the going to put food on the table so young
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Luisa P (Jan 08 2021 12:02AM) : I agree with you because parents want their kids to marry somebody with a stable job because they don't their kids to have to suffer.
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ALEJANDRO R (Jan 06 2021 12:55PM) : how are they going to provide for each other financially at a young age?
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SARA P (Jan 06 2021 1:25PM) : It concerns me that they may not be able to provide for each other and her child. there both so young and at that time it was hard to find a well paying job for such young people.
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Alexander w (Jan 12 2021 10:59AM) : I would be confused as well on how they want to get married with no money to provide for themselves
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I could feel Fonny trembling. He could not help it – his hand touched my shoulder lightly, then moved away. “I’d ask my daughter. If she tells you she don’t love me, I’ll go away and I won’t nev­er bother you no more.”

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Joseph looked hard at Fonny – a long look, in which one watched skepticism surrender to a cer­tain resigned tenderness, a self-recognition. He looked as though he wanted to knock Fonny down; he looked as though he wanted to take him in his arms.

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Kenneth P (Jan 06 2021 11:34PM) : I think that joseph will PROBABLY accept her decision but also he might not because parents don't want to see their daughter pregnant.
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Alexander w (Jan 12 2021 11:00AM) : for real
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hai cheng l (Jan 06 2021 10:00AM) : I think Joseph will accept Tish's decision. One reason is because of how much he loves his daughter.
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:17PM) : And he knows that fonny is a good person and he loves tish
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Cristy I (Mar 25 2021 12:53PM) : Right responses . more

Fonny couldn’t respond no better, this is real man behavior and even if tish dad gets mad he got to recognize fonny its taking big man steps so he got to act, talk and move like one .Cant back down on her father because this is just the beginning .

Then Joseph looked at me.

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“Do you love him? You want to marry him?”

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MEKHI J (Jan 14 2021 10:29AM) : Characters more

Tish’s dad seems very protective. It is good he asks her opinion. I don’t like when some adults take too much control and don’t listen

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“Yes.” I had not known my voice could sound so strange. “Yes. Yes.” Then, I said, “I’m very much your daughter, you know, and very much my mother’s daughter. So, you ought to know that I mean no when I say no and I mean yes when I say yes. And Formy came here to ask for your per­mission, and I love him for that. I very much want your permission because I love you. But I am not going to marry you. I am going to marry Fonny.”

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:18PM) : Correction its supposed to say FONNY
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Kenneth P (Jan 06 2021 11:37PM) : I think he was trying to disrespect Fonny by calling him by the wrong name.
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Kiran C (Jan 14 2021 12:26AM) : It is a typo in the text.
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Alexander w (Jan 12 2021 11:04AM) : i feel like that was mad disrespectful to call him the wrong name even if hes not fond of the marriage
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Joseph sat down.

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“When?”

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“As soon as we get the bread together,” Fonny said.

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Joseph said, ‘You and me, son, we better go into the other room.”

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:20PM) : Uh oh this sounds bad , is he going to yell at him,give him a lecture,etc WHAT IS HE GOING TO TELL HIM 😱
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Luisa P (Jan 08 2021 12:03AM) : I don't think so I just think he going to talk about Tish and how is he going to take care of his daughter.
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And so they went away. We did not say anything.

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STEVEN G (Jan 05 2021 1:19PM) : they were in aw [Edited] more

they probably felt frozen in that moment. they stood there all surprised.

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NIERRA R (Jan 08 2021 12:43PM) : agree i would have the same reaction too..
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There was nothing for us to say. Only, Mama said, after a moment, “You sure you love him, Tish? You’re sure?”

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“Mama,” I said, “why do you ask me that?”

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OCEAN D (Jan 04 2021 8:53AM) : Why does Fonny want Tish to marry him, I personally think they're to young Fonny is 22 and Tish 19, is it because people got married at such a young age in the 70s and it was common ? Or does Fonny love Tish so much he couldn't wait [Edited]
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alyssa g (Jan 06 2021 10:26AM) : Mama is tryingt o be sure that tish is sure that she loves him and that she is sure that she is going to be happy with her decision.
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“Because she’s been secretly hoping that you’d marry Governor Rockefeller,” Ernestine said.

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:21PM) : Lmaooo she’s so funny
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For a moment Mama looked at her, hard; then she laughed. Ernestine, without knowing it, or meaning to, had come very close to the truth – not the literal truth, but the truth: for the dream of safety dies hard. I said, “You know that dried-up cracker ass-hole is much too old for me.”

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Sharon laughed again. “That is not,” she said, “the way he sees himself. But I guess I just would not be able to swallow the way he would see you. So. We can close the subject. You going to marry Fonny. All right. When I really think about it” – and now she paused, and, in a way, she was no longer Sharon, my mother, but someone else; but that someone else was, precisely, my mother, Sharon – “I guess I’m real pleased.” She leaned back, arms folded, looking away, thinking ahead. “Yeah. He’s real. He’s a man.”

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ANDERSON M (Jan 19 2021 2:59PM) : he got the ok. he got permission to marry tish by her mother
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“He’s not a man yet,” said Ernestine, “but he’s going to become a man – that’s why you sitting there, fighting them tears. Because that means that your youngest daughter is about to become a woman.”

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:23PM) : Best sister of the year
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Cristy I (Mar 25 2021 1:05PM) : Mother to daughter relationship . more

I enjoy reading this story because I can relate in certain situations , this is definitely a convo ill have with my mother and sisters . Its always hard to let go off the younger kid but sometimes does be the ones to leave first .

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“Oh, shut up,” Sharon said. “Wish to God you’d get married to somebody, then I’d be able to bug you half to death, instead of the other way around.”

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“You’d miss me, too,” said Ernestine, very quietly, “but I don’t think I’m ever going to marry. Some people do, you know – Mama? – and some people don’t.” She stood up and kind of circled the room and sat down again. We could hear Fonny’s voice and Joseph’s voice, in the other room, but we couldn’t hear what they were saying – also, we were trying very hard not to hear. Men are men, and sometimes they must be left alone. Especially if you have the sense to realize that if they’re locked in a room together, where they may not especially want to be, they are locked in be­cause of their responsibility for the women outside.

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Kaimea Z (Jan 06 2021 9:54AM) : what were Joseph and Fonny talking about? more

What were Joseph and Fonny talking about that they had to go to a different room? were they talking about Fonny’s plans of how to take care of Tish? Was Joseph giving Fonny advice?

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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:24PM) : That’s the whole point we dont know yet we have to wait and read 😊
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‘Well I can understand that,” said Sharon – very steadily, and without moving.

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“The only trouble,” Ernestine said, “is that sometimes you would like to belong to somebody.”

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“But,” I said – I had not known I was going to say it – “it’s very frightening to belong to some­body.”

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And perhaps until the moment I heard myself say this, I had not realized that this is true.

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“Six in one,” said Ernestine, and smiled, “half dozen in the other.”

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Joseph and Fonny came back from the other room.

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“Both of you are crazy,” Joseph said, “but there’s nothing I can do about that.” He watched Fon­ny. He smiled – a smile both sweet and reluctant. Then, he looked at me. “But – Fonny’s right – somebody was bound to come along some day and take you away. I just didn’t think it would happen so soon. But – like Fonny says, and it’s true – you’ve always been together, from childhood on. And you ain’t children no more.” He took Fonny by the hand and led Fonny to me, and he took me by the hand and he pulled me to my feet. He put my hand in Fonny’s hand. “Take care of each other,” he said. “You going to find out that it’s more than a notion.”

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Alexander w (Jan 12 2021 11:06AM) : I'm happy they got approval but i'm not happy they don't have a way to provide for them selves
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Tasneem O (Jan 06 2021 1:26PM) : Awwww yesss her father approved
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ANGELINA T (Jan 10 2021 8:28PM) : I'm proud of them and I'm glad they got approval from Joseph (Tish's father).
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ANDERSON M (Jan 19 2021 3:00PM) : he got the approval of tish's father. makes me happy
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shaliyah f (Jan 20 2021 4:03PM) : Joseph did a good thing here. He accepts the father of his daughters baby.
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Tears were standing in Fonny’s eyes. He kissed my father. He let go my hand. He moved to the door. “I’ve got to get home,” he said, “and tell my Daddy.” His face changed, he looked at me, he kissed me across the space dividing us. “He’ll be mighty happy,” he said. He opened the door. He said to Joseph, “We be back here around six this evening, okay?”

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“Okay,” said Joseph, and now he was smiling all over his face.

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