Elisha - He is the nephew of the pastor of the Temple of the Fire of the Baptized. He has been publicly chastised in front of the congregation for "walking disorderly," meaning that they had been walking with a girl without supervision and might have given in to temptation and had sex.
Elizabeth - She an apologist for her husband's brutality, explaining to her children that he works hard to provide for them. It is not until much later in the novel that the reasons for her meekness appear.
Ella Mae - She is called before the congregation early for spending time with a man without an escort.
Florence - She moved to Harlem at age twenty-six where she met Frank, who was a land, good-natured man but foolish with money. She dreamed of owning a home, but Frank wasted his paychecks on ugly presents for her and on...
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