In Alice Walker's "Everyday Use," Dee's boyfriend is "a short, stocky man...." with hair that is "...all over his head a foot long and hanging from his chin like a kinky mule tail." He greets the mother and Maggie with a Muslim salutation--"Asalamalakim"--that means "Peace be with you," according to the notes in the text I'm reading from. He is "all grinning" as he does so. He tries to shake hands with Maggie but Maggie's hand is all limp and he looks like he is trying to shake hands in a fancy way, or like he doesn't really know how to shake hands, according to the mother/narrator.
His name contains numerous syllables and the mother has trouble pronouncing it, so he tells her to just call him "Hakim-a-barber." He doesn't eat pork. This, together with the greeting he uses suggests he is Muslim.
What's most important about the boyfriend, though, is that he is a part of the new outlook that Dee has embraced. Her previous existence with her family was quaint, looking back on...
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