A Summer Tragedy is a story about an elderly couple going throughout their day as if it were any other day, however it would be their last day. The couple certainly seemed very calm considering the turn that their lives was about to take. A Summer Tragedy exhibits the true meaning of hopelessness; and how one couple handles the situation that has confronted them.
Jeff and Jennie were an elderly couple, age had taken over their bodies, leaving them unable to do a lot of things anymore. They worked for a white man they called old man Stevenson. They had been living on their farmland for at least 45 years. Jeff was a share farmer and seemed to adore his job and place in the world. They were very simple people, living a very simple farm life. Their debt to old man Stevenson had been building up, and Stevenson did not take to that well. As many farmers do, they reli