Parchment of Leaves Essay

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Parchment of Leaves Parchment of Leaves is a beautiful story. Like most Southern literature, it is as slow and easy as sitting on the front porch rocking in a rocking chair, sipping cold iced tea on a hot summer's day. There are several complex characters in this story. Vine is a young Native American woman in rural Kentucky. Her family lives at Redbud Camp, a squatters' village up in the mountains. Vine's legendary beauty has driven several white men to distraction, earning her a false reputation for being a witch. Finally, one of the men, Saul Sullivan, interests her as much as she him, and infatuation blossoms into a good old-fashioned courtship. Saul's a quiet, farmer, and Vine's dad isn't thrilled about the interracial marriage, but reluctantly gives his consent, knowing that Vine will go to live with her husband and leave her family behind. Which is a shame, because she's about to become a very unhappy woman. Vine leaves the safety of her family network and Cherokee culture to join Saul on his family farm. Vine quickly wins the approval of Esme, Saul's tough-as-nails mama, and they become unlikely friends and helpmates. Unluckily, Vine also catches the eye of Aaron, Saul's moody, shiftless pretty-boy brother. Saul seems oblivious to Aaron's interest, and Vine resolves not to make mountains out of molehills. She can't complain to her family, anyway, because they're busy being run off their land. Though her tribe has unofficially occupied the area for many years, they don't have a deed to the land, so when the actual owner shows up waving paperwork, they have no choice but to pack up and move, too far away to lend Vine moral support or a safe haven. When Aaron disappears for a few months, and brings back Aidia, a Melungeon (mixed-race) bride, Vine dares to hope that his eyes won't roam to her anymore. But WWI breaks out, and Saul leaves the state to

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