The story takes place in the 1960's in a ficticious town in Mississippi. The towns people do not interact but Joseph, who is white, and Elizabeth, who is black, find a way to talk and interact with each other unbeknown to anyone.
Their secret comes out after some boys do the unthinkable to Elizabeth. Joseph must defend himself from the acusations since no one can tell him and his identical twin brother apart!
Once you start reading you will not want to put" Protect the Butterflies" down!
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Dr. Gerald and Olivia Sans lived in a big white house in the affluent
part of Sanson, Mississippi. Gerald Sans was a physician specializing in
orthopedic medicine. It might as well be psychiatry, for all of the
patients that do not go to his office. He sets a few bones now and then,
but people do not trust him. Dr. Gerald Sans always started his patient
consultation by saying, "This is not my specialty."
The statemet did not invoke trust in his diagnosis. No one quite
understood why he decided to settle in Sanson, Mississippi. Most folks
speculated that his wife, Olivia, had a lot to do with it.
His wife, the former Olicia Pluckett, was from Sanson. She married
Gerald when he graduated from medical school. Everyone thought they
would settle in the next town-Ripley, Mississippi- fifty miles away.
Ripley has a big pretigious hospital, Veder Hospital where Dr. Gerald
could have practiced his specialty. But Dr. and Mrs Gerald Sans settled
People said that Olivia insisted on settling in Sanson because she woud
lget the elevation of her rank. By marrying a doctor and staying in
Sanson, no matter how uslful or useless his specialty was, Olivia would
Soon, Olivia became bitter. Nothing was going for her as planned. She
often walked through town with a frown on her face, until her identical
twin boys were born. She flaunted her pregnancy, and then she flaunted
her babies. She named her sons Joseph and John.
Joseph and John were so identical that even Olivia could not tell them
apart. The delivery was so fast that, to this day , no one knows who
the older twin is. The twins, as they are often referred to, had
ruby-red hair when they were born. Their hair was in patches on their
head. Their eyes were piercing blue, and they had very delicate
features and red cheeks....
...."At least", Olivia often said to herself, " I will have my doctor
and my lawyer. My boys will be somebody and set this town on its ear!"
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