Cold Sassy Tree Essay

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The novel Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns is a story from a 14 year-old boy's point of view in 1906 in the South Georgia town of Cold Sassy. The book begins with Grandpa Blakeslee announcing to his daughters, Mary Willis and Loma, that he is getting married to Miss Love Simpson. It has only been 3 weeks since his wife, Miss Mattie Lou, passed away. A motive running throughout the book is that Miss Mattie Lou is not yet "cold in her grave." Grandpa's engagement scandalizes the town, which is not hard to do in Cold Sassy. That day Will Tweedy goes fishing and is up on the train trestle with his dog, T.R. The train is heading his way and Will falls between the tracks and is ran over. Queenie is the Tweedy's cook and her husband, Loomis is the one who takes Will home, and saves T.R. on the trestle. Will survives, and while the neighbors are crowed inside Will's house once he is home, grandpa and Miss Love return from Jefferson, where they got married. Miss Love moves in with Grandpa and soon Mr. McAllister comes by to marry her. She tells him to leave, and even though that's the end of it, the town has more to talk about.Will goes back to describe his Granny's death, and how much she meant to Grandpa because the whole town thought he had been sweet on Miss Love since he met her 2 years before. Will's little sister, Mary Toy, is with Cousin Temp the first half of the book because the hair dye for Granny's funeral turned her red hair purple. Will decides to go on the camping trip he and his friend Blueford Jackson had planned before he died of Lockjaw. Will went with his friends Pink, Smiley, and Dunsen. On their way back, they picked up Mr. Beautiful, a horse for Miss Love to ride. Will's parents, Mary Willis and Hoyt Tweedy decided to go to New York for Grandpa's store. But, grandpa had promised Miss Love she could use the extra boat ticket. She and grandpa ended up going. But, before they left Hoyt bought a new red Cadillac, the first in the town. While they were gone, Will was driving the car and saw Lightfoot Mclendon, a millgirl from his school. They took a ride to the cemetery where Miss Alice Anne caught them kissing. When Grandpa got back he told Will he bought a Pierce and would now sell them...

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