Reba Rivers

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Display Name: 
Reba Rivers
Sort Name: 
Rivers, Reba
AKA: 
Miss Reba
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Criminal
Specific Job: 
Brothel Madam
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Biography: 

Proud to be known to everyone in Memphis as the owner of her brothel, Miss Reba is a colorful character. When readers first meet her she is carrying a "rosary" in one hand and a "tankard" of beer in the other (144). Fat, asthmatic, church-going and hard-drinking, with some pretensions to gentility but no illusions about life, she respects Popeye and is willing to look after Temple for his sake. The great love of her life, someone named Mr. Binford, has died, and in tribute to the 11 years they lived together "like two doves" she has named her two dogs Mr. Binford and Miss Reba (255).

Property Status: 
owns house
owns business
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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