Christian's Drugstore in "Uncle Willy" (Location)

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Display Label: 
Drugstore
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Office/store
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Context (text, as interpreted)
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1250
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796
Description: 

Presumably Willy's drugstore is not the only one in town, since his customers do not include the more affluent, white "town trade" (233). But when the story says he "turned sharp off the square" after leaving his store, it implies it is located at the center of town. Willy's father "started the business in eighteen-fifty-something," which would make it one of the oldest businesses in Jefferson. Under Willy's management, however, it has become so seedy that his only customers are "country people" and "niggers" (226). Both the windows and the soda fountain where the town's boys come for free ice cream are conspicuously dirty, and the "prescription case" seems only to be used by Willy himself, who keeps his morphine and syringe there (226). Later he supplies his addiction to alcohol from the store. In Mississippi at the time of the story, drugstores and doctors were allowed to stock and dispense alcohol for medicinal purposes; otherwise alcohol was prohibited throughout the state.

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Site of Event
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Continuous

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