Chris Drown The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Project Double Entry Journals Quotes
"Lord, it just feels like that blackness be spreadin all inside me." -Henrietta Lacks Chapter 5 | Page 48 | Last Paragraph

While reading this section, I felt as though there was such a vivid sense of imagery. Here she is comparing her cancer to a "blackness" that has taken over her life and her body. It shows exactly how she felt, and that the cancer was truly killing her. Sadie had been Henrietta's friend for a very long time. She was very familiar with her, so she knew when something was wrong. I could imagine Henrietta lying in her hospital bed, looking as well-kept as she always did. Everything looked as though she were perfectly healthy. Except her eyes. This, I felt, set a very macabre theme throughout the rest of the chapter. It started to feel as though she were an actual person. Not just the cells that I thought this book would be about. It reminded me of what it feels like to see someone wither away. Not just physical, but to see there soul wither away through their eyes.

"Hennie didn't just fade away, you know, her looks, her body, it didn't just fade. Like some peoples be sick in the bed with cancer and they look so bad. But she didn't. The only thing you could tell was in her eyes. Her eyes were tellin you that she wasn't gonna be alive no more." -Sadie Sturdivant Chapter 8 | Page 64 | Last Paragraph

"'Voodoo,' he whispered. ‘Some peoples is sayin Henrietta's sickness and them cells was man- or woman-made, others say it was doctor-made.'" -Hector "Cootie" Henry Chapter 10 | Page 82 | Paragraph 1

This quote shows strong belief of things beyond natural power in the south. People in the south, as said by many resources, tend to more superstitious than there northern counterparts. If you look at the way he sets apart "doctormade" from "man- or woman-made" it shows that he believed that the doctors had actually cast a hex on her, or at least given her the cancer, showing how superstitious people were in the south.

"'Lord,' Emmett told me years later. ‘Henrietta rose up out that bed wailin like she been possessed by the devil of pain itself.'" -Emmett Lacks Chapter 11 | Page 85 | Paragraph 4

This quote gives us a vivid look at how she felt at the time and how others perceived her pain. When reading this, I could truly imagine her bringing her torso up into the air with her arms and legs still restrained to the bed in such a violent motion. I feel it also alludes to modern day horror movies that involve exorcisms and possession, and how the actors moves and how it compares to Henrietta's true pain that she felt on her death bed.

"Sometimes she would beat Joe for no reason while he lay in bed or sat at the dinner table. She'd hit him with her fists, or whatever she had close: shoes, chairs, sticks. She made him stand in a dark basemen corner on one foot, nose pressed to the wall, dirt filling his eyes." -Rebecca Skloot Chapter 15 | Page 112 | Paragraph 2 "'What in the world happened to my sister? And who was my mother? What happened to her?' Day just said the same thing again and again: ‘Her name was Henrietta Lacks, and she died when you was too young to remember.'" -Deborah and David "Day" Lacks Chapter 15 | Page 117 | Last Paragraph "Lillian's skin was real light, even lighter than mon's," Gary explained. "She married a Puerto Rican somewhere in New York. Since she could pass, she disowned her blacknessconverted to Puerto Rican because she didn't want to be black no more." -Gary Lacks Chapter 16 | Page 126 | Last Paragraph

This quote really explains why Joe/Zakariyya ended up like he did. Children who are abused tend to end up doing bad things like he did. It is really sad how he was treated as a child, and how awful Ethel treat him, and the other Lacks children. It is awful that this child abuse went unnoticed