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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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The movement was nearly as swift and direct as a fall. The cause of Jenny’s blindness isn’t apparent in the story, but visual loss is known to be a common geriatric concern. And that habit of trembling when he felt fearful was now far beyond his control.

“A Summer Tragedy”: A Geriatric Case Study

Want to Read saving…. Jennie sat on the side of the bed and old Jeff Patton got down on one knee while she tied the bowknot. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Copyright by Arna Bontemps.

J Gen Intern Med. We, the aging baby boomers, can relate to this story in one way or another, I think. 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.

A Summer Tragedy

I liked the story and how Arna Bontemps showed the bleak and hopeless life of the black cou I only read the main story, A Summer Tragedy and it is available in pdf form by clicking this link. Catherine marked it as to-read Oct 05, The short story 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 rtagedy for themselves and their children.

Jeff is afraid and trembling while trying to put on his bow tie. I just hope that when my wife and I get to that age, we will not be too helpless and hopeless that we will even consider Jeff and Jeannie’s decision. I think that scare made my brother felt strongly for this book. Feathers Scott marked it as to-read Sep 01, Palliative care is widely available and hospice care has become mainstream for patients who wish to pursue this option at the end of life.

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. Please review our privacy policy. Nascha marked it as to-read May 15, Alshimaa Mohamed marked it as to-read Jan 08, Abdolla Salah marked it as to-read Nov 28, The least it could do would be to leave him helpless.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mathilde rated it it was amazing Apr 04, Tabitha Barksdale marked it as to-read Jan 26, 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 Steve added it Mar 15, Place Published New York.

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Ceecee Williams marked it as to-read Sep 26, He had not worn his stiff-bosomed shirt more than a dozen tragecy in all his married life. His swallow-tailed coat lay on the bed beside him, freshly brushed and pressed, but it was as full of holes as the overalls in which he worked on weekdays It was a slow and painful ordeal for each of them in this position.

“A Summer Tragedy”: A Geriatric Case Study

The delicate balance that they establish to maintain function and quality of life is tenuous at best. Support Center Support Center. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Often, their disabilities are almost complementary and create a state of fragile interdependence.

They have outlived their five children, their ability to work their farm, and very nearly their capacity to care for themselves and one another. M added it Jan 28, Then there was always the chance that he would have another stroke, like the one that had made him lame. Rona G marked it as to-read Mar 21, Vivid, deeply moving and sad. He frequently talked to himself. He was reluctant to venture far from home in the daytime. Bontemps was African-American, the son of a brick mason aarna a schoolteacher, educated in California and New York.

Medical educators and practicing physicians can exploit this overlap by teaching and studying literature from a clinical point of view. With charm and pathos, the couple fulfills the pledge they made to one another when no other alternative seemed appropriate.

Primary Source The Old South: The practice of medicine requires physicians to become students of these same themes as they bear witness, first hand, to these same events. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly. Each character compensates for the other’s limitations, but only with difficulty. The little car leaped furiously down the steep incline toward the water.