The chapter ends on the hope that the tribe will be rebuilt and that Stephen

The chapter ends on the hope that the tribe will be rebuilt and that Stephen

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Unformatted text preview: The chapter ends on the hope that the tribe will be rebuilt and that Stephen's house will be restored. But as the search for Absalom will prove, the house is destined to undergo greater tragedy before it can be rebuilt. The note introduced in Chapter 6 indicating that a gap exists between two sides of the black population is made clearer by John's words. He says that a large element of the population is glad the tribal society is breaking down, and he cannot explain the nature of the new force that will replace the tribe, the chief, and the church because the motivations are highly ambiguous. John represents a different way of life in that he has broken with the church and with the tribe and is now living with a new wife. He has shed all the old tribal values and has adopted the more impersonal ways of the city. This outlook stands in direct contrast to Stephen, who has adhered impersonal ways of the city....
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