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

Zora Neale Hurston

Part I, Chapter Three: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Julius Henry: a young boy who tells stories for Zora and the people of Eatonville.

Henry Byrd: a man who responds to Shug’s story about speed.

John French: a storyteller who wants recognition for his tale.

Summary
Once Bennie Lee falls asleep, the storytelling session can continue, and Shug tells a story in which three men compete for a pretty girl: “The Quickest Trick.” Henry “Nigger” Byrd responds with another folktale about speed. Young Julius Henry, “who should have been home in bed,” jumps into the conversation. Although the other men joke with Julius because he is so young, Julius responds with an excellent tale, “Ah’ll Beatcher...

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