gray-haired man blankly, with great eyes. And yet he always planned to go back to Altamaha, always planned to work there.
53 He leaned back and smiled toward the sea, whence rose the strange melody, away from the dark shadows where lay the noise of horses galloping, galloping. The people moved uneasily in their seats as John rose to reply. With an effort he roused himself, bent forward, and looked steadily down the pathway, softly humming the Song of the Bride, Freudig geführt, ziehet dahin. The dying day bathed the twisted oaks and mighty pines in black and gold. He hesitated and grew pale with anger, called the usher and gave him his card, with a few peremptory words, and slowly sat down. Then, as the storm burst round him, he rose slowly to his feet and turned his closed eyes toward the Sea. He grew slowly to feel almost for the first time the Veil that lay between him and the white world; he first noticed now the oppression that had not seemed oppression before, differences that erstwhile seemed natural, restraints and slights that in his boyhood days. Itll spoil him, ruin him, they said; and they talked as though they knew. In this collection of essays, Du Bois coins two terms that have developed into theoretical fields of study: double consciousness and the Veil." Double consciousness" is the belief that the African-American in the United States live with two conflicting identities that cannot be entirely merged. He mourns the loss of his baby son, but he wonders if his son is not better off dead than growing up in a world dominated by the color-line. 23 Yes, came the answer, slowly but positively.
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