8 Clark Wilson He is Richard s cousin and Ella s brother Richard chooses to

8 clark wilson he is richard s cousin and ella s

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8. Clark Wilson He is Richard s cousin and Ella s brother. Richard chooses to live with Uncle Clark and Aunt Jody in Greenwood when his mother falls ill because they are the relatives that live closest to Jackson. At Uncle Clark s house, Richard refuses to sleep in his bed because he learns that a boy, now dead, used to sleep in the same bed. Uncle Clark refuses to let Richard sleep elsewhere. Eventually, Richard requests that he be sent back to Jackson to live with his mother. 9. Jody Wilson She is Richard s aunt and Uncle Clark s wife. Jody and Clark take in Richard after Ella relapses into illness with another stroke of paralysis. Jody overhears Richard using foul language and informs Clark, who proceeds to beat him. 10. Tom Wilson He is Richard s uncle. Uncle Tom and his family are invited to move in upstairs with Granny once money becomes tight around the household. Uncle Tom and Richard
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94 immediately clash. Uncle Tom threatens to beat Richard for disliking the tone of his voice. To defend himself, he threatens to fight Tom back while holding razorblades in each hand. From then on, Tom warns his children against interacting and conversing with Richard. 11. Leon He is Richard s younger brother. While Richard is the scapegoat of the family, Leon seems to be the more favored child. Richard resents that his entire family treats Leon with more love and respect than they treat him. Leon is sent with Aunt Maggie to live in the North when Ells falls extremely ill. Leon and his mother eventually move with Richard to Chicago. 12. Mrs. Moss Richard rents a room from Mrs. Moss when he moves to Memphis. He describes Mrs. Moss and her daughter, Bess, as simple and loving people. However, he feels pressure from Mrs. Moss to form a relationship with Bess because she constantly suggests that the two get married. But for the first time, Richard realizes that all human beings were not mean and driving, were not bigots like the members of my family. 13. Bess She is Mrs. Moss s daughter. Bess throws herself at Richard, hoping that he will grow to lover her. However, Richard sees Bess as simple and uneducated; he does not understand how a person can be so naive and simplistic. Bess s sole goal in life is to find a husband and settle down with a family. Love is the important thing, she tells Richard. 14. Mr. Falk He is Richard s acquaintance. He is an Irish Catholic man who does not fit into the category of anti Negro. Mr. Falk agrees to lend Richard his library card, allowing him to explore a new world of literature. With this opportunity, he becomes influenced by writers such as H.L. Mencken.
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95 15. Griggs He is Richard s old classmate who works for a Capitol Street jeweler. Griggs helps Richard find a job at the optical shop in Jackson. He criticizes Richard for his inability to act properly in the presence of white people. Griggs tells Richard that he needs to act black by acting invisible.
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