Jim

Display Name: 
Jim
Sort Name: 
Jim
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Sales and Service
Specific Job: 
Horse Trader's Assistant
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Biography: 

Jim is Pat Stamper's assistant in the horse- and mule-trading business. We hear him called "Jim" only once, by Stamper (130); the narrator refers to him instead with variations of "that nigger" (127, etc.) But it's important to note that the narrator's vocabulary tells us about the racist world in which the narrator has grown up, not about the man named Jim. In addition to that word, the narrator calls him a "magician" and "a artist" (123, 127). Jim displays a genius for "doctoring" horses and mules to disguise their flaws. He shows his compassion along with his talents when he tells boy that rain is coming soon, and offers him "a snack of dinner" (131).

Individual or Group: 
Individual
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