The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus

by

Dashka Slater

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The 57 Bus: Part 4: What to Say Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
After Richard’s first evidentiary hearing in March, Jasmine “dashes over to speak” to Sasha and their family. “My son’s not like that,” she says. “I don’t know what made him do that, and I’m sorry. We’re not hateful people.” She hugs Sasha, Debbie, and Karl, as do the other members of Richard’s family, and soon they are all crying. “I don’t know what to say but sorry,” Jasmine cries.
Jasmine is eager to apologize to Sasha and their parents, and this is evidence of her, and Richard’s remorse. The easy way in which Sasha and their family accept Jasmine’s apology and embrace her suggests that they each desire forgiveness, healing, and closure.
Themes
Accountability, Redemption, and Forgiveness Theme Icon