Consider of money and the presence or lack of it–wealth and poverty–on the shape of the story and on the lives of the characters and their personalities?
In this short story, the lack of wealth plays a key role in the relationship between Missie May and Joe. Deception is seen throughout the entire story regarding Missie May, Joe, and Mr. Slemmons. Joe is always teasing his wife with money(coins) to get her attention and Joe always brings her favorite treats. Their relationship seems to be based on the spoilage of Missie May by her husband. When Missie May sleeps with Mr. Slemmons, the wealthy ice cream parlor, her reasoning deals with her deceptive nature for money. Money shapes the relationship between Missie May and Joe. The lack of money shapes Missie May’s personality and the life that Joe must live. Money changed the way the relationship between Missie May and Joe can be perceived and revealed the truth about their relationship.