What do you think about the final scene of the story? It ends with just Doris and the two workers at five and dime, not with Mr. Stutz, or Livia, or Reverend Sykes. It ends, like some of the story, in free indirect discourse, which means a type of third-person narration that goes in and out of the characters’ consciousness. Sometimes another, more omniscient narrator seems to be present, someone who has more awareness of future events that Doris could.
Name one passage in the ending segment (pages 262-265) that stands out to you as making a statement about the future and the coming events of the Civil Rights movement. What do you think Packer is trying to say about this?