The Gilded Six Bits


Zora Neale Hurston

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Joe’s mother lives nearby in Eatonville. She “prayed…nightly” for the failure of Joe and Missie May’s marriage. After she helps Missie May deliver a son, she tells Joe that she had never thought well of the marriage because Missie May’s mother had been promiscuous, and she feared the same would prove true of Missie May. However, she is proud of the baby, whom she says is the spitting image of Joe, and seems to revise her opinion of Missie May and the marriage.

Joe’s Mother Quotes in The Gilded Six Bits

The The Gilded Six Bits quotes below are all either spoken by Joe’s Mother or refer to Joe’s Mother. 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

Dat’s yourn all right, if you never git another one, dat un is yourn. And you know Ah’m mighty proud too, son, cause Ah never thought well of you marryin’ Missie May cause her ma used tuh fan her foot round right smart and Ah been mighty skeered dat Missie May wuz gointer git misput on her road.

Related Characters: Joe’s Mother (speaker), Missie May Banks, Joe Banks
Page Number: 97
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Joe’s Mother Character Timeline in The Gilded Six Bits

The timeline below shows where the character Joe’s Mother appears in The Gilded Six Bits. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Gilded Six-Bits
Appearances, Reality, and Trust Theme Icon
Sexuality and Marriage Theme Icon
...May resolves to leave her husband. Shortly after leaving the house, however, she encounters her mother-in-law. Joe’s mother has “prayed nightly” that their marriage would end, and Missie May cannot admit... (full context)
Appearances, Reality, and Trust Theme Icon
Sexuality and Marriage Theme Icon
...labor and gives birth to a healthy boy. Joe comes home from work and asks his mother , who is tending to the household, how his wife managed. His mother praises Missie... (full context)