TAR BABY by Toni Morrison
Knopf; 306 pages; $11.95
"You smell worse than anything I have ever smelled in my life. "
"Shh, " he whispered in her hair, "before I throw you out the window..."
"You rape me and they'll feed you to the alligators. Count on it, nigger. You good as dead right now. "
"Rape? Why you little white girls always think somebody's trying to rape you ?"
"White?" She was startled out of fury.
"I'm not... you know I'm not white!"
"No? Then why don't you settle down and stop acting like it. "