The story opens in a Peace Court where Abner, the father of the young boy called Sarty Snopes is accused of burning the barn of Mr. Sarty is invited by the court to witness against his father but Mr.
Harris and the judge realize that they are subjecting the young boy to a difficulty situation and decide to let him go.
His boss gets annoyed and fines Abner by imposing a fine of twenty bushels of corn to cover the cost of the rug.
Abner moves to court to ask for the reduction of the fine.
Unfortunately, Sarty’s first impression of truth, justice and culture washed away when his father intentionally stepped into fresh horse poop and walked down towards the mansion.
He (Abner) was told by the butlers at front of the mansion to clean his feet before entering into the mansion.
Later, he was order by de Spain to leave the house.
While leaving the house, he wipes the dung stick to his boots on the front steps of the mansion.
Next day, the rug was dropped at Abner’s hut and he asked her daughters to clean it.
Upon delivering rug back to de Spain with Sarty, he was insulted and charged for 20 extra brushes of corn to pay.