Joe Banks is Missie May's husband. Joe and Missie May are newlyweds who are demonstrably in love. Joe works the night shift at the local fertilizer plant, but he does not make very much money. When his week is over, he and Missie May enjoy a flirtatious game that begins with him rolling his pay in coins over their threshold. Their life is filled with ‘‘joyful mischief’’ and also genuine sweetness. ‘‘That was the best part of life—going home to Missie May.’’ They represent domestic harmony, each happy in his or her role and routine, until...
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