In the following text the distinct positions in reference to Grandmother’s task will be shown.
Louis Rougon is speechless since he “could not believe what he was hearing” (p.23., l.5) What is more, he makes fun of the the task while betting on a failure (p.41, l.16ff.). Another point to mention is that Louis and the fat man despise the black men as inferior and dumb and therefore they despise all they demanded, too (p. 45,l.26.ff.;p.45, l.31.f.). Anyways, both, Louis Rougon and the fat man are amused of the situation since on the one hand there is a bet going and on the other hand because the blacks request kind of more rights (p.46, l.6f. ; p.46,l.31f.).
At first glance, Edny Guidry , the sheriff’s wife, seems not to take part in the decision or even does not to want to because she says that she’ll leave all that up to Mr. Wiggins and the sheriff (p.43,l.26.) but in the course of the story it becomes clear that Edny convinces her husband of Grant’s permission to visit Jefferson (p.47, l.17.f.)
The sheriff himself, Sam Guidry, is not impressed by such a proposal as he claims ” …I think the only thing you can do is just aggravate him, trying to put something in his head against his will. And I’d rather see a contented hog to go that chair than an aggravated hog. It would be better for everybody concerned. There ain’t a thing you can put in that skull that ain’t there already” (p.47, l.28ff.). Actually he supports the idea of the status quo since Sam Guidry agrees with Grant Wiggins not to have anything to do with it at all (p.47,l.14ff.).
Grant Wiggins does not like the idea, the grandmother has because he believes that he is unsuitable for that job (p.31,l.11ff.). Apart from that, the task gets on his nerves as he already has enough work to do (p.13, l.7f.; p.18, l.13f.). Another aspect that stresses Grant Wiggin’s negative position towards Miss Emma’s task represents the fact that he is forced by his aunt Tante Loue and the disturbed and not mutual relationship between Loue and Grant (p.17, l. 6ff. ;p.34, l.25ff.). The direct speeches ” His nannan would like for me to visit him” (p. 46,l.2f.) and ” I would rather not have anything to do with it, sir. But that’s what she wants.” (p.47,l.11f.) are proofs for that.