Sounder by W. H. Armstrong - Free Online Book Summary
A ferocious coonhound dog, fiercely devoted to his masters, the black sharecropper and his family. The sheriff’s deputy shoots him when he is chasing the wagon that is carrying the father away to jail. He disappears in the woods to nurse his wounds and returns home in the middle of the novel; just like his master who comes home later, he is debilitated and maimed.
A kind, timid, and patient woman, who faces hardships stoically. Although not very strong, she fights in her own way for her family’s survival. She has a great deal of faith in God and teaches her children Bible stories.
A kind, learned soul who is moved by the boy’s plight and makes provisions for the boy to attend school. He is the agent of change in the boy’s life.
A jeering, ruthless, prejudiced white officer, who is corrupted by power. He boastfully claims to smell ‘a ham cooking’ and ‘a thievin nigger’ from a mile. When he arrests Father, he treats him roughly and rudely and threatens to kill Sounder if the boy does not hold the dog away from him and his men.
A swarthy, red-faced man who is employed at the jail where father is imprisoned. He is very nasty to the boy and smashes the cake he brings as a Christmas present for his father.
A cruel and malicious soul who guards a prisoner work camp. When the boy seriously wounds his finger in front of him, the guard laughs uncouthly instead of sympathizing with or helping the child.
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