Lena's Infant Son

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Lena's Infant Son
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Unnamed Son of Lena Grove
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Born
Date of Birth: 
Monday, August 1, 1932 to Wednesday, August 31, 1932
Origin: 
Alabama
Biography: 

This boy is born in Joe Christmas' cabin on Joanna Burden's property on the same day that Christmas is lynched in Jefferson. When Hightower asks his name, Lena says "I aint named him yet" (410). Joe's grandmother, who is there at his birth, calls him "Joey," confusing him with Joe, whom she has not seen since he was a baby over thirty-six years ago (397). Lena's baby's father has abandoned him, but at the end of the novel Lena is taking him with her as she resumes her travels.

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Keywords: birth
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Individual

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