Hunting Camp Kitchen (Location Key)


While it is likely that in all the dozen texts where it appears, Major de Spain's hunting camp includes a separate kitchen where the Negro servants like Ash who accompany the white hunters into the woods prepare the meals, "A Bear Hunt" indicates the way the camp's "kitchen" is detached from the camp itself most explicitly (71): when Ratliff summons Ash, he goes "to the door" of the camp itself, and yells "towards the kitchen" (74). Like the separate or semi-detached kitchens that serve the aristocratic families on plantations and in town residences, this kitchen in the woods is a racially defined space, the place where the story's black characters can usually be found when they are not serving the white men in the hunting party.

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