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He needs to take Chig's brother and sister to camp.
He wants to go see his brother GL and GL's wife Rose.
He wants to go to Nashville to attend his college class reunion.
He is taking Chig to see his old college in case he decides to go there
His brother GL
He thought nobody in his family loved him.
He had a terrible fight with his brother Hiram
Mama sent Charles away so she could spend all her time with GL
He wanted to get a college degree to show he was better than GL
He is frightened of Mama's rage
He feels respect and love for Mama
He is angry at Mama about something
He feels ashamed of himself around Mama
Friendly and intelligent
Lazy and stupid
Sincere and pessimistic
Charming and irresponsible
His mother's preference for GL
GL's ignorance about horses
His mother's stubborn pride
GL's friendly personality
"Doctor Charles Dunford cared about people."
"She let him go, and fell back into her chair, grabbing the arms."
"When Uncle Hiram and Mae, his wife, came they sat down to eat."
"They sat in silence for awhile and then heard a key in the front door."
"The old lady had not heard him; only Chig had heard."
"She smiled. She had all her teeth, but they were too perfect to be her own."
"They had been met at the door by Aunt Rose, GL's wife, and ushered into the living room."
"Tears now traveled down the lines in her face, but when she spoke, her voice was clear."
She likesd GL better because he had good hair and looked almost white.
She thought Charles did not love her and did not want to spend time with her.
She worried less about Charles because he was smarter and more mature than GL.
She enjoyed being with GL more than being with Charles because she always had fun with him.
Knowing that Charles cries about many things
Knowing that Chig's mother is not a nervous woman
Thinking about how Mama paid more attention to GL than to Charles
Thinking about how you might feel if you saw your own father crying
To reveal that Charles is in fact older than GL
To show that GL is not mature and not very smart
To make it clear that Charles is wrong to be jealous of GL
To imply that GL is very attractive and does not show his age
Brothers should forgive one another's faults
Grandchildren should not visit their grandparents.
The pain of family misunderstandings can last a lifetime.
Parents and adult children should not argue for the grandchildren's sake