Frony Gibson

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Frony Gibson
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Gibson, Frony
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Gibson
Occupation: 
Domestic Service
Specific Job: 
Housekeeper
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Frony Gibson is the daughter of Roskus and Dilsey, and the mother of Luster. In the novel's first section she appears as a child, living with her family in the cabin in the Compsons' back yard. She seems about the same age and Quentin and Caddy Compson, and is characterized by her no-nonsense attitude: when Caddy says that "white folks dont have funerals," she replies "Your grandmammy dead as any nigger can get, I reckon" (33). She appears in the fourth section as an adult, "a thin woman, with a flat, pleasant face" (289). She now lives somewhere else, but close enough to walk to church with her mother on Sundays. She is still realistic. When Dilsey asks her what she'll do if it rains on her new dress, she replies, "Git wet, I reckon" (290). But now she is also concerned with what other people will say about Dilsey taking the white Benjy to the service in the African American church.

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GibsonsInSF

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