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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Jeannie’s love for Jeff is shown when she, despite being blind, helps him to put on his bow tie and at the later part of the story, she feels proud that they are passing the house of Delia whose smile Jeannie still remembers and jealous of since Delia has a bad reputation in the neighborhood and obviously has a thing for Jeff.

The practice of medicine requires physicians to become students of tragevy same themes as they bear witness, first hand, to these same ttagedy. Check entries in the internet and you find that this story is used in medical school for geriatric cases.

He could not bear to think of being helpless, like a baby on Jennie’s hands. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. Copyright by Arna Bontemps.

A Summer Tragedy

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Unlike the writer, who may complete relatively few literary works in a lifetime, the clinician may be deeply involved in several life-changing events each day and with real-time urgency. Seth rated it liked it Mar 05, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Open Preview See tragedh Problem?

“A Summer Tragedy”: A Geriatric Case Study

Jaclyn Capes added it Feb 13, The litany of medical problems Bontemps illustrates in this story is familiar to all clinicians who care for aging patients. Even if you save and save money working for tragefy retirement, we all don’t know what the future brings.

Sara added it Nov 15, We all don’t know about this, right? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I read and reread and reread it and these two leaped out of the pages every time, I see him having difficulty putting his bow-tie, asking his wife for help, they helping each other, both slow in movement but determined, his hands trembling, her questions of mundane everyday concerns Sad yet well-told short story that has left strong images in my mind.

Joseph Budgett marked it as to-read Aug 22, Racquel Harrell rated it it was amazing Mar 21, Taken together, these could be characterized as cognitive changes resulting from the cumulative effects of cerebrovascular disease.


The fear of becoming a burden, the reality of experiencing uncontrolled symptoms, and the inability to live and die with dignity may conspire to create a situation that causes some elders and chronically ill patients to view suicide as their best solution. I think that scare made my brother felt strongly for this book.

A Summer Tragedy by Arna Bontemps

Certain works may provide a chance to identify moral—ethical dilemmas that occur in routine medical practice and discuss them in a non-threatening, hypothetical environment. These hung an inch or two above the tops of her heavy unlaced shoes and showed little grotesque piles where the stockings had fallen down from her negligible legs Kimberly Millard added it May 21, Summary The short summerr considers the final afternoon in the lives 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 summmer their children.

They create literature by telling realistic stories about conflict and catastrophe, life and death.