Chapter One: Quotes "I was not there, yet I was there." – page 3 Feeling of presents though he was absent from the situation. "A fool does what others tell him to do." – page 7 explaing the old philosophy of not succumbing to peer pressure even in racist america.
Chapter Two: Quotes "I don’t want them to kill no hog," she said. "I want a man to go to that chair, on his own two feet." – page 13 Page Saying that executing jefferson would be as wastful as slaughtering a hog.
"He don’t have to," Miss Emma said again. – page 14 Yet again being anti peer pressure
Chapter Three: Quotes "I had nothing to do all that day but serve." – page 17 Explaining the dreads of obligations in life.
"He don’t have to go," Miss Emma said for about the hundredth time. – page 17 Yet emma agin is being anti peer pressure.
"I was too educated for Henri Pichot." – page 21 Explaining that they feel that they are above henri pichot even though they may not be
"Somebody got to do something for me one time ‘fore I close my eyes." – page 22 Emma explaing how tired she is and the help she need before she goes to bed
Chapter Five: Quotes "I knew, too, which of them would do something for themselves and which of them never would, regardless of what I did." – page 34 Explaing a definition of hoplessness. "Other than that, all there was to see were old gray weather-beaten houses, with smoke rising out of the chimneys and drifting across the corrugated tin roofs." – page 37 An explaination of schanty houses for minorities in the south "They’re going to kill him in Bayonne. They’re going to sit him in a chair, they’re going to tie him down with straps, they’re going to connect wires to his head, to his wrists, to his legs, and they’re going to shoot electricity through the wires into his body until he’s dead." –