The Gilded Six Bits


Zora Neale Hurston

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Candy Store Clerk Character Analysis

At the end of the story, Joe chats with the unnamed candy store clerk during his shopping trip to Orlando. Although Joe hasn't visited the store for months, the clerk knows Joe by name and remembers his customary candy order. He is the first person in the story to whom Joe announces his son's birth and recounts the story of Otis Slemmons.

Candy Store Clerk Quotes in The Gilded Six Bits

The The Gilded Six Bits quotes below are all either spoken by Candy Store Clerk or refer to Candy Store Clerk. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperCollins edition of The Gilded Six Bits published in 1995.
The Gilded Six-Bits Quotes

“Hello, Joe,” the clerk greeted him. “Ain’t seen you in a long time.”

“Nope, Ah ain’t been heah. Been round in spots and places.”

“Want some of them molasses kisses you always buy?”

“Yessuh.” He threw the gilded half dollar on the counter. “Will dat spend?”

Related Characters: Joe Banks (speaker), Candy Store Clerk (speaker)
Related Symbols: Otis Slemmons’ “Gold”
Page Number: 97
Explanation and Analysis:
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Candy Store Clerk Character Timeline in The Gilded Six Bits

The timeline below shows where the character Candy Store Clerk appears in The Gilded Six Bits. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Gilded Six-Bits
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...for a long time. Finally he goes to the candy store and chats with the clerk. Joe accounts for his long absence by saying that he has “been round in spots... (full context)