One evening a grass shed full of calico, cotton prints, beads, and I don’t know what else, burst into a blaze so suddenly that you would have thought the earth had opened to let an avenging fire consume all that trash.
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He wants to avenge the murder of his brother
You are the representative of justice here, and it is for justice to avenge those she has been unable to protect.