The Sanity of Madness in Edward P. Jones'
Anjuelle D. Floyd
you…both my eyes.’ He watched her go
That mule be waiting for you in themorning
…” (pp. 293-294)The story closes with Caldonia’s brother, Calvin, having escaped the virulent system of slavery and reached Washington, D.C. having written a letter to Caldonia. His wordsdescribe two paintings he has seen, “…
a grand piece of art that is part tapestry, part painting, and part clay structure—all in one exquisite Creation…It is a…kind of map of the life of the County of Manchester, Virginia…a map of life…no people on this ‘map,’ just all the houses and barns and roads and cemeteries and wells in our Manchester
...”(p. 384)He describes the second as: “….
another Creation...that may well be even moremiraculous than the one of the County.
is about your home, Caldonia…your plantation…what God sees when he looks down…nothing
missing, not a cabin, not abarn, not a chicken, not a horse. No single person…And again the words at the bottomright hand corner are the stitched words, ‘Alice Night
.’” (p. 385)Clearly Alice held some wits about her, was not completely mad. She had “…
…”But what of the other half?
(all excerpts taken from Edward P. Jones’
The Known World