Simple Summaries

The Lesson

Toni Cade Bambar

Simple Summary by Sarah Frank

·      “Miss Moore asking us do we know what money is. like we a bunch of retards.”

o  “So we heading down the street and she's boring us silly about what things cost and what our parents make and how much goes for rent and how money ain't divided up right in this country. And then she gets to the part about we all poor and live in the slums, which I don't feature.”

·      Miss Moore takes them to a store whereeverything is expensive

o  They ask why she brought them there

·      “Where we are is who we are, Miss Moore always pointin out. But it don't necessarily have to be that way”

·      “she ain't so smart cause I still got her four dollars from the taxi and she sure ain't gettin it. Messin up my day with this shit.”

·      “"Imagine for a minute what kind of society it is in which some people can spend on a toy what it would cost to feed a family of six or seven. What do you think? "I think," say Sugar pushing me off her feet like she never done before, cause I whip her ass in a minute, "that this is not much of a democracy if you ask me. Equal chance to pursue happiness means an equal crack at the dough, don t it? Miss Moore is besides herself and I am disgusted with Sugar's treachery.”

·      “She can run if she want to and even run faster. But ain't nobody gonna beat me at nuthin.”