Mayor Antonio, the most powerful man in the whole county, opened up his own parlor door that afternoon to behold his wife lounging off on the settee with her petticoat hitched up around her hips, and both feet wrapped around Quashee's waist.
He knew then that whenever he shut them from now on, he would see that pretty white lace petticoat spread out all over the settee; Quashee's porkpie hat on Ione's head; the teasing, happy smile on her face; and Quashee's bare behind pushing and pushing between Ione's sprawled-open knees.
She must have cried out or something, because all of a sudden Ione looked over Quashee's shoulder to see the two of them in the doorway.
This one whisper to that one how he hear from a woman down Lagahoo way who is the offside sister of Nursie living in the Mayor ho use how Ione send Quashee away, how she spend every day and night weeping for Antonio, and she won't even self get out of bed and change out of she nightgown come morning.
The protagonist of the novel, Jerome Quashee, is depicted undergoing a religious ritual that blocks - even expunges - all sensual links to the outside world of reality in order to permit him to examine his past life and thus to identify the sources of discomfort and guilt that scarify him and make him query the value of society and life itself.
Pastor O (a Southern evangelical), Quashee's mother, and Pointer Francis are at once carefully wrought representatives of language groups but speak with vocabulary and syntax that is individual: they are delineated participants rather than types.
Throughout the novel Quashee is anxious to solve the perennial question of personal identity: where does he fit in the black-white continuum?