. . she begins to speculate about how she and Joe could get gold of their ownaE (Chinn and Dunn 6). She imagines finding money and Joe easily sways her to think of money in a new way. Although she does not think Slemmon is very attractive, she reconsiders her priorities. Knowing that Joe wants the gold money and now unhappy with her modest life, Missie May sleeps with the relentless Slemmon for six bits.
The significance of the gold changes when Joe catches Missie May and Slemmon together. After chasing Slemmon out of the house, Joe is left holding the golden watch charm between his fingers. Joe holds on to the charm for months, placing it between himself and his wife during meals. Slemmon who is resurrected through the golden coin separates them. To Joe, the coin represents his anger, loss of masculinity, and a grudge he now holds against his wife. To Missie May, the coin lies in wait in her husband's pants "like a monster hiding in the cave of his pockets to destroy heraE (Hurston 257). Joe refuses to let his wife repay him for her wrong. The gold coin is undeniably a grudge, a reminder of the break in