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240 18. Sweet Potato Pie by Eugenia Collier

240018. Why is Charley adamant that Buddy not carry the brown paper bag with the sweet potato pie into the hotel lobby?

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Buddy had made it in the world. This seemingly impossible feat is reflected in his stay at the fancy hotel Charley did not want any hint of Buddy's old life infecting the moment. Charley would cary the bag in because Buddy's accomplishment was the whole family's accomplishment. Buddy represented the best the family had to offer the world and Charley refused to ruin the image,

Charley’s eyes were miserable. “Folks in that hotel don’t go through the lobby carrying no brown paper bags. That’s country. And you can’t neither. You somebody, Buddy. You got to be right. Now, gimme that bag.”