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Unformatted text preview: "I'm cooking," she said. "No you're not. I have a better idea. I'll bring the food." "Why does that worry me?" "I'll buy it somewhere. Something a bit lighter, like a sandwich." "A sandwich will be fine," she said, patting my knee. "My tomatoes will be ready shortly." She stopped patting and smiling and looked away for a moment. "We didn't do a good job, did we, Mr. Traynor?" Her words were filled with both sadness and frustration. "It's not a popular verdict," I said. "It's not what I wanted," she said. And that was as close to the deliberations as she would get for many years. Esau told me later that the other eleven jurors had sworn on a Bible not to talk about their decision. Miss Callie wouldn't swear on the Bible, but she gave them her word that she would guard their secrets. I left her there to rest and went to the porch, where I spent several hours listening to her sons and their guests talk about life. I sat in a corner, sipping tea, trying to keep myself out of their conversations. At times I would drift away and absorb the sounds of Lowtown on a Saturday night. The reverend and the deacon left, leaving only Ruffins on the porch. The talk eventually came around to the trial, and the verdict, and how was it playing on the other side of the tracks? "Did he really threaten the jury?" Max asked me. I told the story, with Esau adding emphasis when needed. They were as shocked as those of us who'd seen it. "Thank God he's locked up for life," Bobby said, and I didn't have the heart to tell them the truth. They were extremely proud of their mother, as they had been forever. I was tired of the trial. I left around nine, drove slowly and aimlessly back through Lowtown, alone and missing Ginger. Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html - --- Clanton seethed over the verdict for days. We received eighteen letters to the editor, six of w...
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This note was uploaded on 07/18/2010 for the course LIT 301 taught by Professor Dra during the Spring '10 term at American College of Computer & Information Sciences.
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