A Lesson Before Dying

Chapter 1-2

What do we learn about the narrator? What does Miss Emma ask him to do? Why? how does he feel about his ability to help?

Chapters 1-2

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It is revealed that Grant teaches at the local elementary school. The day after the verdict is announced, Grant comes home from school to find the distraught Miss Emma in his living room. She has come to request that Grant visit Jefferson in prison. Tante Lou insists that Grant cooperate, which he does, although he is privately reluctant to involve himself in the affairs of the quarter, the poor black neighborhood where most of the novel takes place. Grant is doubtful that he has any influence on Grant and really does not want to be involved.