James is Terrance’s brother and one of Old Randall’s two sons. He controls the half of the plantation on which Cora lives, and he is a distant, uninvolved master. There are rumors that he has a preference for sexual masochism and pays prostitutes to whip him in New Orleans. He dies of kidney failure while Cora is still living on Randall.
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Chapter 2: Georgia
...“beloved” of the Randall family, and thus there is no point in Cora confronting her. James Randall, who runs Cora’s half of the plantation, is rather reserved, but his younger brother,... (full context)
...and into the crowd. The slaves step back and Jockey greets the brothers as “Master James” and “Master Terrance.” Terrance says he doesn’t want to disturb them, but that they heard... (full context)
...the fields, but he sees her and tips his cane at her. Two days later, James dies. Unlike Old Randall’s funeral, which was overflowing with friends of the much-admired slave owner,... (full context)