ARNA BONTEMPS. A Summer Tragedy. [ “Jennie,” he called. “What’s that, Jeff?” His wife’s shrunken voice came out of the adjoining room like an echo. A Summer Tragedy. Bontemps, Arna. Primary Category: Literature / Primary Source. The Old South: “A Summer Tragedy” and Other Stories of the Thirties. The story, ‘A Summer of Tragedy’ was written in by Arna Bontemps. It was written at a time of great economic depression and.

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A Summer Tragedy

Katherine Almonte marked it as to-read Jul 17, He was terrified by the least unfamiliar traged at night. Check entries in the internet and you find that this story is used in medical school for geriatric cases.

In another instant the car hit the water and dropped immediately out of sight. Re rated it it was ok Sep 15, Rona G marked it as to-read Mar 21, Please review our privacy policy. Support Center Support Center. The movement was nearly as swift and direct as a summee.

Her body, as scrawny and gnarled as a string bean, seemed less than nothing in the ocean of frayed and faded petticoats that surrounded her. Contributions to Clinical Practice. Jeff’s problem list is equally recognizable. He has crippling arthritis. Despite these reassuring advances in medicine, the presumption in our modern context is that the fears of the elderly and chronically ill may be the result of high technology health care delivered impersonally in institutional settings.

Within the story, we are privy to memories that highlight their simple life, their community, their work ethic and their devotion to each other. So, like arnw obedient younger brother, Bonhemps did. His fingers trembled and the high, stiff collar pinched his throat.


“A Summer Tragedy”: A Geriatric Case Study

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Pablo marked it as to-read Mar 20, One of the most poignant aspects of medical practice is watching elderly couples help each other to and from a clinic visit. It was a bontem;s and painful ordeal for each of them in this position.

Refresh and try again. In addition to interpreting a patient’s story in much the same way a reader engages a book, physicians become participants in their patient’s drama.

The two old black folks, sitting quietly side by side, showed no excitement. Copyright by Arna Bontemps. Old Jeff Patton, the black share farmer, fumbled with his bow tie.

A Summer Tragedy

He describes memory loss, talking to himself, fear of unfamiliar sounds at night, reluctance to venture far from home and a tremulousness which overtakes him without warning. Dasdasd marked it as to-read Oct 09, Jeff thought of the handicaps, the near impossibility of making another crop with his leg bothering him more and more each week. Emma added it Nov 09, Abdolla Salah marked it as to-read Nov 28, Summary The short story considers the final afternoon in the bontempps of Jeff and Jennie Patton, a frail elderly couple, who have spent their lives as poor sharecroppers, barely able to make ends meet for themselves and their children.

Certain works may gragedy a chance to identify moral—ethical dilemmas bintemps occur in routine medical practice and discuss them in a non-threatening, hypothetical environment. Mathilde rated it it was amazing Apr 04, My brother Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly notice those adverbs attached to our arns – his idea first read and raved about this story in his review. And that habit of trembling when he felt fearful was now far beyond his control.


Studies of patients who are critically ill or have requested assistance with suicide have identified a consistent thread of non-physical concerns, some of which include loss of dignity and control, poorly managed symptoms, and becoming a burden to others. Araba Dowell marked it as to-read May 30, Racquel Harrell rated it it was amazing Mar 21, Their status quo is not sustainable. Open Preview See a Problem? A fellow loses his hand for such vanities after thirty or forty years of simple life.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Often, their disabilities are almost complementary and create a state of fragile interdependence.

Jeff and Jenny maintain an air of solemn dignity from the beginning to the end of this story. A Summer Tragedy by Arna Bontemps. I think that scare made my brother felt strongly for this book. Catherine marked it as to-read Oct 05, He was reluctant to venture far from home in the daytime. Steve added it Mar 15, While the fully imagined final image is both violent and frightening, it is skillfully delivered as one of reconciliation and acceptance as the two of them sit side-by-side as their car approaches the water.

With charm and pathos, the couple fulfills the pledge they made to one another when no other alternative seemed appropriate. Mar 14, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it it was amazing.