That Evening Sun (Go Down)

girl with washing basketIn this story by William Faulkner, three children observe the of concern shown by their parents for the possible danger faced by an African-American woman who has washed the family clothes for many years. The woman fears that her husband is going to kill her because she is carrying a white man’s child. At the end of the story, we are left wondering whether he succeeds.

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(v: lack, lacks, lacked, lacking) To have too little or none of. He lacked the courage to join the army.
(n: lack, noncount) The state of not having any or enough. The lack of food meant that we always went to bed hungry. 2000