|I. Walcott in New
England reflects on the imperial past of the U.S.
|Il. Back in
Brookline, a suburb of Boston, Walcott struggles with his recent divorce and the resulting
|Ill. The curse on
||I. Walcott in a
plane over the Dakota sees a Crow horsemen and reflects on Manifest Destiny and its
|Il. He compares
his divorce to the loss on land the Native Americans underwent after the introduction of
|Ill. The scene
switches to Catherine Weldon, a teacher and missionary among the Sioux in the Dakotas, who sings an
elegy on Indian summer for the muses :
||I. Walcott visits
The Trail of Tears and reflects on the
connections between Greek slavery, Southern slavery, and the treatment of the Native
Weldon recalls her return from the Plains to New York. (There is no historical
evidence, by the way, that Weldon ever knew Wild Bill Cody.)
|Ill. Weldon in
her final letter decries the betrayal of treaties. Walcott is reading a book (about
her?) and sees in Weldon the potential for a character. He hears in her the question
of whether Christianity is for the Indians.
||I. Walcott at a
Boston museum finds Achille in Winslow Homer's The Gulf Stream
and reflects on the imperialism of Melville in Moby Dick. Walcott finds
he can't flag a cab after dark in Boston due to his skin color.
|Il. He reflects
on the fear of race in Boston.
|Ill. Walcott on a
cold beach meets his father's ghost again, who tells Walcott that he must travel to the
great cities of Europe before he returns to cherish St. Lucia's simplicity.