A Gathering of Days Social Sensitivity

Joan W. Blos
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Blos raises issues of racial prejudice in A Gathering of Days through characters such as a Jewish peddler and a runaway slave. Catherine spends a great deal of time thinking about these characters, wondering about their lives and whether she will see them again. The author explores the range of attitudes toward racial issues that existed at the time, using devices such as having one character tell a racial joke while the other characters respond with varying degrees of laughter or distaste. Blos obviously intends readers to sympathize with the characters who regard prejudice with distaste.

Blos addresses sexuality in an honest and tactful manner. The novel contains quiet sexual humor, such as a bridegroom quipping about the fine quality of his wedding trip or a visiting painter teasing Charles on being only "a few months married and [having] a fullgrown son."

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