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The Gilded Six-Bits The Gilded Six-Bits is a rhythmic story of a young married couple tempted by greed and together they discover true prosperity This journey tests their relationships endurance and fortitude almost destroying it The entire community is African American but depends on a white-owned company G and G Fertilizer In spite of this and the fact that they are poor Missie May and Joe are happy Painted for us is a picture of contentment and simple happiness Everything is sparkling clean and in its place from the porch and steps scrubbed white to the fresh newspaper cut in fancy edge on the kitchen shelves On Saturdays nothing is overlooked The opening scene is of a place that is peaceful untainted and pure Every Saturday is a joyous occasion for Joe and Missie May it is the day that Joe gets paid The couple has a playful battle every week This begins by Joe chucking nine dollars into the doorway and ends with Missie May riffling through his pockets for candy kisses and other indulgent goodies he has brought for her This ritual seems to show that the only value of money to the young couple is monetary they would be just as happy if Joe came home with less or more Their real happiness comes from their love and respect for each other During their playful battle the sexual tension can be felt between the two young lovers Since Joe works nights it is most likely they have not been together since the previous Saturday This is another reason for celebration In the beginning of the story Missie May seems very content and proud to be Joes wife It is a job she takes very seriously Dont you mess wid mah business man You git in yo clothes Ahm a real wife not no dress and breath Ah might not look lak one but if you burn me you
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