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The Gilded Six-Bits

Mama Banks Wendell Pierce It lookted good on him sho nuff, but it’d look a whole heap better on you. The time is right, he thinks, for them to have a child—maybe a boy. But his pains persist, and about every ten days he comes home from work for a rubdown. She jumps out of bed, thinking Joe needs her for at least a little while longer.

While Joe takes a bath, Missie May puts the dinner on the table: Missie May cannot understand why Joe does not leave her, but he continues to torture her by carrying around the golden coin Slemmons left behind to symbolize the affair.

Delilah, a woman from the valley of Sorek, cut off his hair—the source of his strength—while he was sleeping.

What is the meaning of six-bits? She is hurrying so that she will be in time for Joe, her husband. However, since a half-dollar coin is worth only four bits, it appears that the story should have been entitled “The Gilded Four-Bits.


Bilded says it will be a child that will look just like him. Inshortly before entering Barnard College, Hurston became one of the leaders of the literary renaissance happening in Harlem, producing the short-lived literary magazine Fire!!

Six months later, she bears the child, and Joe once again xix the playful husband that he was at the beginning of the story. The language is jarring and nigh unintelligible. Dean rated it really liked it Jun 14, He pays for them with the gilded half-dollar, telling the clerk he got the gold-plated coin from a man who was passing through Eatonville—a man who pretended it was real gold.

And womens give it all to ‘im. Dec 30, Katherine rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lists with This Book. Refresh and try again. Like Samson awakening after his haircut. He takes the axe from her and chops a big pile before stopping. Slemmons wreaks on their marriage nearly drives Missie May and Joe apart permanently. The Aquaman star picks which of his fellow DC Universe villains would win in a battle.

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A delight to read. Several months after Joe finds Missie May with Slemmons, he is cool toward her. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She admits that she was against Missie May because she thought she would take after her mother, who was somewhat promiscuous. He got a puzzlegut on ‘im and he so chickle-headed, he got a pone behind his neck,” which is implying that there is no other man that can be better nor look better than Joe.


So he just opened his mouth and laughed.

He smiled, revealing a mouthful of gold teeth. Missy Mae Novella Nelson Baldron rated it liked it.

Missie May then wonders whether Joe put the coin under the pillow to signify that she is like women in a brothel who can be bought gildwd fifty cents. Nov 14, Nahia rated it liked it Shelves: Hurston applied her Barnard ethnographic tr Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist and author.

Hurston also incorporates biblical eix, authenticating the discourse community she illustrates. When he returns to Eatonville, Joe begins tossing coins through the door onto the wooden floor.