The man with the red box is something of a wandering beggar and the rural region’s equivalent of “travelling entertainment.” He travels to villages throughout the area with a red box containing a record player and amplifier to project music. When the man wanders into July’s village toward the end of the book, the community comes together for a celebration called “gumba-gumba,” which involves music, drinking, and dancing.
The Man with the Red Box Character Timeline in July’s People
The timeline below shows where the character The Man with the Red Box appears in July’s People. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the distinct sense “of not being there,” the same feeling she’d had upon watching the man with the red box approach the village. Suddenly, the only person she can be is “Maureen Hetherington on her... (full context)