Meanwhile, Billy Hamilton, who was purchased during the strike season, took over center field and the base paths for the player known to all as "Master Jeems
Chastized by this husband's sister--"'But you cost him an arm'"--for the wartime shot that saved Mars Jeems
and wounded her brother, Remus answers that if he took one arm he gave four in return: "'I gin 'im dem,'" says Uncle Remus, pointing to Mrs.
Given the instabilities of business, it is not surprising that in "Mars Jeems's Nightmare" Aun' Peggy transforms the master into a slave just as he leaves on a business trip.
In "Mars Jeems's Nightmare," her "monst'us pow'ful ...
Here I is lent ter Mars Jeems dis mont', en I got ter do so-en-so; enter Mars Archie de nex' mont', en I got ter do so-en-so; den I got ter go ter mis Jinnie's....
Like "Mars Jeems's Nightmare" and "The Conjurer's Revenge," the story suggests that freedom as a state of consciousness--"a glowing flame of sensibility" ignited by "the sacred name of liberty," in John's hyperbolic idiom--is not easily assumed by characters who have suffered the enforced dehumanization of slavery (pp.
John repeatedly draws this conclusion about Julius's imaginative relation to the period "befo' de wah," explaining in "Mars Jeems's Nightmare" that Julius "had been unable to break off entirely the mental habits of a lifetime" (p.
The story's telling, in other words, both confirms and belies John's theory of the black "appurtenance," spelled out most thoroughly in "Mars Jeems's Nightmare," where John describes Julius's persistent habit of thinking of himself as an article belonging to the plantation.
In "Mars Jeems
Nightmare," a story in which a slave owner is turned into a slave who is lost in the forest, causing him for once in his life to experience the double-otherness over and against which he has constructed his subjectivity, a field hand who has gone off to be alone discovers "Mars Jeems
" at "de aidge er de swamp" (90).
Like "The Goophered Grapevine," "Mars Jeems's Nightmare" opens with a lengthy series of observations that help to confirm John's sense of Julius's unfitness to assume the rights of full citizenship:
This is the complicated sociological issue raised in "Mars Jeems's Nightmare," in which John's ruminations on the sources of Julius's "peculiar personal attitude" toward the plantation contrast sharply with his indignation toward another "type" of African-American character.
Its own criticism, including masterful readings of "Mars Jeems
's Nightmare" and the late and brilliant "Baxter's Procrustes," its agile marshaling of the work of others, and its wise selection of supporting material should make Chesnutt many new companions, and cannot fail to gratify the old.