The Stonecutter’s Tale

The last few chapters of the Kind One are extremely short, but still have a lot to offer. Though these chapters seem disconnected or unimportant, I believe that Hunt used the different narratives to show that every action has a reaction. I took particular interest in “The Stonecutter’s Tale,” the story of Cleome’s son, Prosper, who had grown up and gone back to the place of his mother’s death. This chapter begins by revealing how light-skinned Prosper really is; so much so, that strangers do not recognize that he is part black. Linus is still present on Prosper’s skin, but Prosper does not seem to mind. Was he ever made aware of his lineage? Regardless, he takes advantage of this façade and pretends to be a reporter for a newspaper to gain access to the house that Zinnia had told him of. There, he found his mother’s grave and was satisfied. The woman who lived at the house revealed that her father had been hanged for helping “other people’s property escape” (201). He helped those in need of it, but was killed for doing so. I found that many actions throughout this novel did not have an appropriate reaction. Ginny killed Linus and she was tortured even though it allowed for the freedom of so many. I found that to be quite unsettling.

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