How did Calvin act towards others in the Rosa Guy novel, The Friends?
The father of teenagers Phyllisia and Ruby, Calvin Cathy is an angry, unhappy West Indian man transplanted in New York City in the Rosa Guy novel, The Friends. Since arriving in the United States, Calvin has suffered the death of his wife, Ramona, to a recurrence of breast cancer. He manages a Harlem restaurant, but he hides from his daughters the fact that it is not a classy place but an establishment that caters to the poorest people of the area, including many drunks. Although he is a hard-working man and hopes to get rich with his restaurant, he treats his customers with little civility, serving them if they have money, but tossing them to the streets if not.
However, Calvin dresses immaculately, and doesn't like his family associating with anyone who is poorly attired. He judges most people by their appearance, and he favors his more beautiful daugher, Ruby, over the more intelligent Phyllisia. He hates Phyllisia's friend, Edith, primarily because of her poor clothing. He punches Orlando when he catches the older boy kissing Ruby. He gets along slightly better with Cousin Frank, who tries to calm Calvin when he loses his temper with his daughters.