A Lesson Before Dying

Chapt 8

what bothers grant when he watches the boys chop wood in the schoolyard?

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As Grant watches the older boys chop firewood, he thinks back to his own school days. Most of his friends from that time have died violently or been imprisoned. He remembers his own schoolteacher, Matthew Antoine, who advised the boys to leave the South, since no freedom or justice could exist there for blacks. Grant is bothered by the future he sees lying ahead of these boys.