The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

by

Stephen Crane

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The Porter Character Analysis

The porter is a black man who waits on Jack Potter and the bride on the Pullman car en route to Yellow Sky. The porter enjoys observing the couple’s obvious unfamiliarity with traveling in luxury and their nervousness as newlyweds. The porter’s unspoken mockery of Potter and the bride reveals the latter two characters’ inexperience with the middle-class married lifestyle they have adopted.

The Porter Quotes in The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

The The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky quotes below are all either spoken by The Porter or refer to The Porter. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Frontier vs. Civilization Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Thrift Editions edition of The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky published in 1993.
Part 1 Quotes

To the minds of the pair, their surroundings reflected the glory of their marriage that morning in San Antonio. This was the environment of their new estate, and the man's face in particular beamed with an elation that made him appear ridiculous to the negro porter.

Related Characters: Jack Potter, The Porter
Related Symbols: Pullman Passenger Car, The Bride
Page Number: 80
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The Porter Character Timeline in The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

The timeline below shows where the character The Porter appears in The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1
Frontier vs. Civilization Theme Icon
Domesticity, Gender, and Feminine Authority Theme Icon
Change vs. Stasis Theme Icon
The black porter observes Potter and the bride in amusement, thinking them “ridiculous” in their wonder and obvious... (full context)
Frontier vs. Civilization Theme Icon
Domesticity, Gender, and Feminine Authority Theme Icon
Change vs. Stasis Theme Icon
The train arrives at the station in Yellow Sky and the porter announces that Potter’s home is nearby. The porter brushes off Potter’s suit and hands him... (full context)