Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

by

James Weldon Johnson

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The Second Pullman Porter Character Analysis

After the narrator’s savings are stolen, this second porter offers him $15, advice about finding hotel work, and secret passage in the laundry basket of his train car. Years later, at a party in Jacksonville, the narrator sees this porter wearing a tie that was also stolen from his bag and realizes that he was the one who stole the savings.
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The Second Pullman Porter Character Timeline in Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

The timeline below shows where the character The Second Pullman Porter appears in Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Collective Progress and Individual Achievement Theme Icon
...reached the school’s gates and hesitated before turning around and returning to the boarding house . A different porter told him to look for a hotel job in Jacksonville, lent him 15 dollars, and... (full context)
Chapter 5
Racism and the Color Line Theme Icon
Music, Emotion, and American Culture Theme Icon
Secrecy, Purity, and Origins Theme Icon
At one ball, the narrator saw the second porter who had loaned him the money to get to Jacksonville and eagerly paid him back—although... (full context)