Smitty keeps making fun of Lafayette's old, worn-out shoes.
Lafayette asks too many personal questions about his family
Smitty is a better basketball player than Lafayette
"When someone hurts you," Charlie said to me once, "you just hold on."
"And I don't know where he's gonna take that mad, "he said. "I really don't."
Nobody ever told me that he was right there watching our daddy slip into that frozen pond.
Frustration and anger
Nervousness and fear
Love and hope
He and Ty'ree wear fancy, black suits
It is when he realizes Charlie has changed
People bring them lots of food
He would have been successful as a college student.
He does not really miss his mother.
He loves taking care of Charlie and Lafayette.
He is secretly ashamed of his troubled past.
He wants to join a gang.
He hates everyone and will never change.
After Charlie comes back from Rahway Correctional, he seems like a different person. Lafayette now calls him Newcharlie, and Newcharlie treats him cruelly. Newcharlie even accuses Lafayette of killing their mother.
Lafayette's father died a hero. A woman was jogging with her dog next to a frozen lake when the dog ran into the water. The jogger followed the dog, and they both nearly froze to death. Lafayette's father managed to save both the jogger and the dog, but he died of pneumonia.
Lafayette and his brothers have a hard life. Their parents have both died, and Ty'ree, the oldest brother, cares for the family. Lafayette's brother, Charlie, is troubled. His behavior might cause the family to split up. Lafayette must find a way to connect with Charlie, so he can help Charlie become the person he was before his stay at Rahway.