In the short story, the main character, Nat Lime, loves to being with black people, but they do not love to be around him. All of his life he has lived in a predominately black neighborhood and he loves to be around black people. The only problem is that he is a white Jew and in the 1960’s blacks could not trust any white men. He has spent his entire life trying to prove to people that he is not the average Jew and does not consider himself to be different from anyone. In the story he interacts with several different blacks that turn him away and eventually cause him to feel pain physically and emotionally. Nat Lime fails with black people socially, politically, economically, religiously, and psychologically; it just his faith.
Nat Lime as a huge problem socially more then any other characteristics, with blacks. Since Mr. Lime is the minority in the neighborhood, he tries extra hard to fit in. He goes to the block parties they have every so often and even tries to be friends with some of the children his age. Buster is one of the children that he forced himself upon. Nat Lime would tries to make him his friend by inviting him to the movies. Buster could not offered to go to the movies so he excepted his invitation.
Lime just relaxed and let the friendship grow on their own, he would probably have more friends and better relationships. Nat Lime also has a problem of picking the wrong people to be friends with. Life is nothing without love and happiness but is life if you are living in fear from day-to-day. Another problem that he faced was money. Lime for a while but was scared to commit. Money is giving to children who are too weak, young and immature to earn their own money. That is a prime example on how he tried too hard to be friends with blacks. He gave to those who would rather not be bothered andor helped in any fashion. The last problem that Nat Lime faced was a psychologically problem which interacts with the rest of his problems. Jews are not Christians and do not hold the same beliefs has a Christian. Black people, even if they do not attend church regularly, still have deep beliefs about Christ and for the respect his life and rules. Even though black is his favorite color, does not mean that white is black people"tms favorite color. Ornita Harris face the problem of being seen in public. Most men do not want a woman to take care of them because it will hurt their pride; that is just the same for women and minorities.