Florence’s ex-husband. According to Florence, Frank is “determined to live and die a common [n_____].” Frank “drinks too much” and “sings the blues.” He is never able to buy Florence a house, or anything else for that matter, and he frequently wastes their money on “useless objects.” Aside from his financial irresponsibility, Frank is not altogether a bad man, although he does disregard Florence when she refuses him sex. Frank’s disregard of Florence suggests that he believes sex is something that is owed to him that she has no right to refuse, and this is in keeping with the misogyny that pervades most of the novel. Florence claims that it was her “great mistake” to love Frank so “bitterly,” and he leaves her after ten years of marriage. He lives briefly with another woman in town and then dies in France during World War I.
Frank Character Timeline in Go Tell It on the Mountain
The timeline below shows where the character Frank appears in Go Tell It on the Mountain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: The Prayers of the Saints: Florence’s Prayer