Mules and Men Part I, Chapter Six Summary and Analysis

Zora Neale Hurston

Part I, Chapter Six Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Tookie Allen: a pretty young woman who catches the eye of the swamp workers.

Big Sweet and Lucy: two women who join Zora’s group on a fishing trip.

Summary
The storytelling session is interrupted when Tookie Allen, who is wearing a new dress, walks by the group of men. Although a couple of men comment on her appearance, the focus of the conversation quickly returns to storytelling. Finally, the straw-boss appears and the men go inside the mill. The mill-boss tells the men that there isn’t any work for them, so they may as well go home. The men are happy to receive a day off but are annoyed that their bosses waited so long to tell them they weren’t needed. When...

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