Mannie

Display Name: 
Mannie
Sort Name: 
Mannie
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Dead-ghost
Specific Job: 
Spouse
Real?: 
No
Other Texts: 
Biography: 

Mannie is described as having a “narrow back” and “narrow” hand (241). Rider indicates that she is far slighter than her powerfully built husband: “You’s de onliest least thing whut ever kep up wid me one day, leff alone for weeks” (241). She is present in the story in memories, traces of footprints in the road, the “clean overalls which Mannie herself had washed only a week ago” that Rider wears to her funeral (238), and a brief, ghostly presence that Rider sees upon returning home after Mannie’s burial.

Note: 
ghost, haunt, wife, dead wife, mourning, funeral, black funeral, superstition
Individual or Group: 
Individual

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