A man who moves into the Palace Flophouse with Mack and “the boys” because he wants to get away from his wife. Normally, Gay’s wife simply calls the police and gets him arrested, but she soon realizes he has come to enjoy spending time in jail. As a result, she no longer calls the police when she’s angry at him. Instead, she starts beating him when he’s asleep. Because of this, Gay moves to the flophouse, where he lounges with Mack and the rest of the crew. When the gang borrows Lee Chong’s truck to go on the frog-collecting expedition, it is Gay who fixes the vehicle, since he’s a talented mechanic. Unfortunately, though, the truck eventually breaks down on the side of the road, and when Gay goes for help, he ends up getting sidetracked by a number of shenanigans that eventually lead him to the Salinas jail, where he gets along with the sheriff. Later, when Gay hears about the second party Mack and “the boys” are throwing for Doc, he convinces the sheriff to let him attend.
Gay Character Timeline in Cannery Row
The timeline below shows where the character Gay appears in Cannery Row. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.