THE BLUE LADY is a revisionist story about a family’s history since slavery from a female point of view. This monologue is by the 7th great-grandmother to own the incomplete soul, The Blue Lady, a “ghost” who is the protagonist of this story. She delivers it after learning that her son was shot immediately after the death of his father, the master of the plantation. The master's wife has the boy shot "because he beat his woman and caused her death in childbirth." The 7th great grandmother's response is that "there's niggers and not niggers).
This ancestor was the exact same age as the master’s daughter and was her playmate. South Carolina also had made it illegal for Negro slaves to learn to read, and the master beat the ancestor to a pulp when she was only 7 years old because he found out her 7 year old mistress had taught her how to read. Having been abused herself, this ancestor beat her son (the great great great great great great) on a regular basis and he in turn was an abuser.”
The Blue Lady is the story of a family who carries the “boogeyman” of their childhood around all their life. But it’s not a boogeyman – it’s the “Blue Lady,” a photophobic, ghostlike creature.
A ghost is not what it seems.
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