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It is interesting to note that while Hurston depicts Laura Lee as a stereotypical black maid, upon closer inspection shades of irony and ambiguity are apparent. Valerie Boyd elucidates this topic clearly in Wrapped in Rainbows, an authoritative biography of the author: there is often something ironic in Hurston s tone, as when Laura Lee describes her sound pummeling of the white bill collector the story s ending is particularly odd. Cleared of the charges against her, Laura Lee comes home hungry. She is remorseful about ever doubting [Ms. Clairborne s] love for her and the ultimate rightness of the world. Thus, before she will eat, Laura Lee pulls out the silver platter to polish, making a ritual of atonement  by serving. Hurston s attitude toward Laura Lee seems intentionally ambiguous but on one level she certainly appears to mock the servant who is so blindly loyal to her mistress that, even in her absence, she pushes her own hunger aside to serve.

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(Boyd 955)Boyd s cynical interpretation of the final scene alludes to the guilt the protagonist felt after worrying that her mistress had abandoned her as the trial began, the maid having sent out SOS correspondence weeks earlier that seemingly went unanswered. Laura Lee is devastated by this, having realized the error of her only moral failing of the story: the abandonment of faith in loved ones. Boyd interprets her cleaning of the silver at the end of the story to represent the author s mockery of blind obedience, but it can also be interpreted as a symbolic act of purifying doubt and a restoration of fidelity, a plot device for the protagonist to apologize to Ms. Clairborne for doubting her love without her being physically present in the story. In truth Laura Lee is a virtuous character, not through fear, ignorance or blind obedience but by sincere disposition and willful devotion her honesty is explicit in her words and actions and no coercive force or brainwashing element is substantiated in the story as having forced her hand to action, her heart to swell with love for Ms. Clairborne and the duties she proudly upholds.

Bausch, Richard, and R. V. Cassill. The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Seventh Edition. New As the story begins, Laura Lee Kimble is sitting in a courtroom awaiting her trial. When her name is called, a policeman indicates to her that she should stand and then leads her to a rail in front of the judge.

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Aware that there is a great deal of animosity toward her by those in the courtroom, she looks straight ahead. Laura Lee has spent the last three weeks in jail, and although she does not know what lies ahead for her - death by the electric chair, life in prison, or a mob lynching - she is resolved to be ready for whatever happens. She knows that this trial is merely a formality and is being held to show the community that justice will be served. As the charges against her are read - felonious and aggravated assault, mayhem, premeditated. Harry Pregerson, who as a judge on California’s famously liberal Ninth Circuit federal court for a half-century placed his personal scruples over what he discounted as abstract legalities, died on Saturday at his home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 99. Judge Pregerson, who grew up in diverse East Los Angeles, wielded formidable influence not only in interpreting the law but also by using his bully pulpit on the bench and functioning, through edicts and consent decrees, as a social engineer.

He may be the only federal judge to have halted construction of because it would have disproportionately uprooted poor people and later to be saluted for his decision. He demanded that the entire project, the Century Freeway, be reconceived to provide housing, jobs and other services to mitigate its impact on neighborhood residents. Those programs accounted for nearly half of the project’s $7. 7 billion budget. Remarkably, when the highway opened in 6998, an interchange was named for Judge Pregerson in recognition of his having protected the residents of South-Central Los Angeles. These were the same as, (q. ) This name is also frequently applied to the courts of equity or of chancery, not as a name but as a.

See Harper v. Clayton, 89 Md.

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