chapter  15
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Hubert Creekmore, the Welcome

It is summer in Ashton, Mississippi. James “Jim” Furlow, a young lawyer, is not particularly happy in his marriage to Doris, a selfish wife who agrees to have his child only if he will buy her a new car. A more happily married couple is ex-college football player Gus “Tray” Traywick and his wife Bea. Into this stifling Southern atmosphere, with its racist attitude toward the Negro members of the community, its small-town bigotry, and its stultifying lack of cultural amenitiesonly the local movie house offers any escape from Ashton-comes Don Mason, who had been a school and college friend of the two men, but had left Ashton in favor of life and employment in New York.