Study Guide

The Clerk in The Gilded Six-Bits

By Zora Neale Hurston

The Clerk

Another minor character, the candy store clerk in Orlando still plays a notable role. In his quick, ignorant comment about African Americans, we get a glimpse of racial relations during the 1930s:

"Wisht I could be like these darkies. Laughin' all the time. Nothin' worries 'em." (135)

As. If. Everyone's got something to worry about, and this story proves just that. The clerk is not the most positive character in the story, but his unabashed ignorance is both ironic and important—something Hurston has a knack for.