Jonah’s Gourd Vine

Inciting Event: John Buddy gets a job with Mister Alf.

First Plot Point: John defies his cruel stepfather to stay on the “right” side of the creek and keep working for Mr. Alf.

First Pinch Point: John is injured in a flooded stream after going to see his mistress

Midpoint: John is arrested for beating up his wife’s brother and is forced to flee to a new town.

Second Pinch Point: John’s beloved but neglected wife dies of tuberculosis.

Third Plot Point: John’s slatternly second wife sues him for divorce.

Climax: John resigns as pastor and leaves town.

Climactic Moment: John is killed when a train hits his car.

Resolution: John’s funeral.

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