In The Heat Of The Night

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In The Heat Of The Night

Vocabulary Word: Corpse (noun) - A deceased being.

Vocabulary Sentence: When they arrived, Jane screamed, she was the first one to
notice, the corpse laying on the ground.

Response: This was a very interesting first chapter to this book, that really tells a lot. It starts off in a small town called Wells. You can tell Wells, is a small town, by the way only one officer is used to patrol the city in the evening, if it had been a big town like Vancouver, a whole bunch of officers would have been patrolling the city. Well it starts off, with Sam Wood doing his night patrol, checking out the neighbourhoods, and making sure everything was calm. When Sam is about to finish his last part of his route, he sees a object laying in the middle of the road. When he takes a closer look, he sees it is the corpse of Mr. Mantoli, a file celebrity of the town who was to conduct the big music festival for the town. I liked the way everything was going nice and calm in the chapter, then all of a sudden, wham! A murder pops out of nowhere. I think this book promises to be a good read, with a lot of surprises.

Response Journal: 2
In The Heat Of The Night

Vocabulary Word: Misdialed (adjective) - to dial the wrong telephone number.

Vocabulary Sentence: The blind man screamed in frustration, as he once again Misdialed the phone number.

Response: They finally find a suspect for the murderer of Mr. Mantoli. The suspect is a black man who was caught in the towns railway station. The man was loaded with money. He was well dressed with freshly ironed pants. The police thought that a black man couldn\'t possibly make that much money so they suspected that the wallet of Mantoli had to have been stolen by this man, too bad that Officer Sam Wood didn\'t look at the identification. This must have been a really bad time for black people in America. This man who was arrested turned out to be a policeman himself, who was working in Pasadena, California. If this would have happened in real life, I can only imagine the embarrassment of the police officer, Sam Wood, after he found out he had arrested a cop! I think that this story is going to be a rough ride for Virgil Tibbs, because of the way everyone is treating him. I think if Virgil has to face racism through out what ever ordeal he goes through, (I am making this guess because of the fact that I think Virgil is the main character) he is going to crack and retaliate at whoever is making him mad, after all he is only human.


Response Journal: 3
In The Heat Of The Night

Vocabulary Word: Fraternal (adjective) - friendly, brotherly.

Vocabulary Sentence: This will be the first meeting of the Disco Dudes, a fraternal club of disco dancers.

Response: We have now confirmed that the black suspect found at the train station was indeed an officer in Pasadena California. Of course the officers were shocked about this. They thought that the blacks couldn\'t get decent jobs anywhere, especially a job as a police officer! They are pretty choked about this incident and the whole department thinks badly of the situation. They returned Mr. Tibbs back to the train station and let him go back to where he had to go. As this was happening the another officer caught a man by the name of Harvey Oberst who was found with the wallet of the deceased Mr. Mantoli. He is their number one suspect now and it looks as though he did it. He has been in trouble before for petty robbery and he has been known to hang out with the sixteen year old girl Delores Purdy. I really think this man is the one who killed the Mantoli, I mean how else would he be carrying the dead guys wallet?!? If my little idea is true, then the story would be over by now so this can\'t be the guy committed the homicide. This novel is becoming more interesting than I originally thought it would be.


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