“To the man God: O Great One, I have been sorely tried by my enemies and have been blasphemed and lied against. My good thoughts and my honest actions have been turned to bad actions and dishonest ideas. My home has been disrespected, my children have been cursed and ill-treated. My dear ones have been backbitten and their virtue questioned. O Man God, I beg that this I ask for my enemies shall come to pass…” - Curse-prayer, collected by Zora Neale Hurston
“I am sure it was a woman who first prayed this curse.” - Alice Walker
Scenes from the aftermath of a marriage.
Or: Alexander and Eliza, the Reynolds Post, and everything that came after.