"I told Dilsey she had leprosy and I got the bible and read where a man’s flesh rotted off"
Leprosy sufferer
Public DomainLeprosy sufferer - Credit: Pierre Arents

Leviticus 13 contains a detailed description of the symptoms of leprosy. The section Jason reads is no doubt “But when raw flesh appeareth in him, he shall be unclean. And the priest shall see the raw flesh, and pronounce him to be unclean: for the raw flesh is unclean: it is a leprosy“ (13.14-5).