The Secret Life of Bees

Chapter 2

Lily doesn’t understand why the men from the gas station call the policeman “Shoe.” How would you explain the implications of this nickname to her?

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Lily looks at his shoes and finds nothing distinct. I looked at the chapter but could not find an explanation. One can imagine that it would have to do with how he handles black people. It could also reference the noir nickname "gumshoe" given to police detectives in old books and films.