1 On the front steps stood two women in black and behind them a large yellow woman with her hands under her apron and her white teeth showing in a wide smile.
2 That meant four mornings a week in the sweltering, stinking hospital with her hair tied up in a towel and a hot apron covering her from neck to feet.
3 Now, put on your apron and trot over to Dr. Meade.
4 When noon came, she put off her apron and sneaked away from the hospital while Mrs. Merriwether was busy writing a letter for a gangling, illiterate mountaineer.
5 Put on a clean apron because I want you to go over to the hospital.
6 Mammy cried silently as she sponged the gaunt bodies, using the remnant of an old apron as a cloth.
7 Mammy straightened up and, raising her apron, dried her streaming eyes.
8 She started to speak, but Mammy shook her head vehemently and raising her apron dabbed at her red eyes.
9 In her apron was a pile of silver tableware.
10 Finally, Mammy, coming down the front stairs, her apron rumpled and spotted, her head rag awry, saw him and scowled.
11 She had changed to her best Sunday black and her apron and head rag were fresh and crisp.
12 The negroes fled, the luckless Lou wailing into her apron.
13 A man in an apron spotted with dry blood was hoisting out a hard slab of meat.
14 Behind Billy's Lunch, the cook, in an apron which must long ago have been white, smoked a pipe and spat at the pest of sticky flies.
15 If she hadn't time to dress, she merely flung off her apron and shot out of the kitchen door.