In fact, even the successful African Americans he believes are intermingled in the Harlem subway crowds-"the doctors, the preachers, some lawyers"--he characterizes as likely" 'hincty
' and 'dicty' "--that is, snobbish folk who put on airs to remove themselves from the black public that scrapes to make a living in a white-dominated world (61).
It begins the oral quality of the prose, a quality continued throughout by references to the reader and by numerous colloquial words and expressions, such as "Good luck and let me know" (5), "hincty
" (143), and "quiet as it's kept" (17).(10) It also suggests at least two ways of perceiving the narrator's activity.