Table of Contents for Secret Gift


I A Christmas Carol
The Offer
3(32)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: The Suitcase
13(22)
II In Consideration of the White Collar Man
A Man of Means
35(15)
Blizzard
50(10)
Hello Bill
60(10)
Gassed
70(17)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: The Promise
78(9)
III The Bread of Tomorrow
Beginning Again
87(4)
Grief
91(5)
Bad Company:
96(8)
A Lynching
104(11)
Legacy of Lies
115(20)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: The Crossing
121(14)
IV If Would Accept Charity
Oppression
135(6)
Sooner Starve
141(5)
Dandelions and Pencils
146(3)
Shame
149(3)
The Seeds of Resentment
152(9)
Left Behind
161(4)
Gumption
165(9)
So Little for Women
174(26)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: A Foreigner No Longer
182(18)
V Families: The Crisis That Brought Them Closer
"As Good as the Best"
200(6)
The Pump
206(7)
Plantation
213(11)
Asylum
224(11)
VI Families: The Crisis That Pulled Them Apart
Black Hand Gang
235(11)
Defeated
246(5)
Nomad
251(22)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: Betrayal
258(15)
VII An Opportunity to Help
A Dog Named Jack
273(4)
The Milk of Human Kindness
277(7)
"Too Big-Hearted"
284(5)
Shipmates
289(4)
Doctors
293(19)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: A Second Gift, 1940
297(15)
VIII A Merry and Joyful Christmas
The Doll
312(6)
A Special Time
318(4)
The Pony
322(6)
The Unexpected
328(9)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: The Bridge
332
IX True Circumstances
Final Reflections
337(3)
Epilogue: Canton Revisited
340(7)
Acknowledgments 347(3)
Author's Note 350(1)
Mr. B. Virdot: A Timeline 351(5)
Index 356