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Answered by jill d #170087
Professor Matthew is Aunt Maggie's second husband, whom she meets in West Helena. Richard refers to Prof. Matthew as "'uncle'" and distrusts him by his cold and remote appearance. Richard sees Matthew sneak in and out of the house at night to visit Maggie, and he is never allowed to speak of "uncle." Matthews and Aunt Maggie are forced to flee when "uncle" kills a white woman by setting fire to her house and beating her.