Mr. McElroy, a guy in town, is an "independent Black man" who doesn't smile, talk much, or go to church. Marguerite wonders if he's a gangster, but it turns out he's just a regular dude.
Then there is Bailey Jr. who is—as the youth say—all that and a bag of chips. Unlike Marguerite, he is beautiful, graceful, funny, and good at stealing pickles. Yep, he's a trickster—but he gets away with it because everyone likes him. Don't you just hate that?
Maya, on the other hand, is always told how ugly she is. Well, then.
In Stamps, all the food is preserved. Nearly everything the children eat for most of the year is stored in a smokehouse near the Store, packed away, and cut up perfectly like frozen TV dinners.
But twice a year, Momma wants them to have fresh food. And so they are sent into the white part of Stamps to get some meat.
Going to this area of town seems like entering a fairytale land. After all, because of segregation, many black children didn't know what white people looked like. Marguerite doesn't even believe that white people are real. (White people: myth or fact?)