After worship services, Alfred, Aunt Pearl, and the girls ride the subway to Jamaica, a suburban village in Queens, to visit Pearl's sister Dorothy and her family. Dorothy's husband, Wilson, has a good job and has purchased a house. Their son, Jeff, has a scholarship to college and may join the Peace Corps. At the end of the day, Alfred, Aunt Pearl, and the girls return to Harlem. After Aunt Pearl and the girls fall asleep, Alfred takes Aunt Pearl's alarm clock from her room and sets it for 5:30 a.m.This chapter presents sharp contrasts. The serenity and cheer of Aunt Pearl and her brood clash with the anger of the nationalist rally. Lipsyte presents two public speakers early in the chapter. The first is the shaven-skulled man on a stepladder who stirs up the street crowd. He says that the "white
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