The social category to which upper-class or slaveholding white people belong.
Quality Term Timeline in The Water Dancer
The timeline below shows where the term Quality appears in The Water Dancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...aspirational figure. Still young, he is only just beginning to understand the distinction between the Quality and the Tasked, and dreams about the life of “splendor and regale” that the Quality... (full context)
...his position, there is something particularly difficult about being in such close proximity to the Quality and seeing the injustice so clearly as a result. That night, Hiram dreams that all... (full context)
...his “genius must be kept hidden.” This surprises Hiram, who is not used to the Quality speaking like this. When Hiram attempts to make a polite comment about Maynard, Corrine interrupts... (full context)
...hour. The men who lead the agents through this training regime are all white, some Quality and some Low. Meanwhile, Hiram also resumes his studies with Mr. Fields, picking up where... (full context)