Mules and Men Part I, Chapter Four: Summary and Analysis

Zora Neale Hurston

Part I, Chapter Four: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
“Babe” Hill: a woman who lives in Polk County and becomes friends with Zora.

Mrs. Bertha Allen: Babe’s mother, who runs the boardinghouse where Zora stays. Jim Allen is her husband.

Cliffert Ulmer: Babe’s son, who works in the swamps as a logger. He befriends Zora and invites her to go into the swamps with the crew.

James Presley and Slim: local musicians who play at all the parties.

Joe Willard: the man who “calls the figures” at all of the parties.

Good Black, Blue Baby, Jim Allen, Handy Pitts, Joe Wiley, Tush Hawg, Eugene Oliver, and Will “Office” Richardson: the workmen who clear the Florida swamps every day; Zora goes to...

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