Slack, "your neighbour," who builds and paints his greenhouse and who has a dipsomaniacal
wife whose incapacitation nudges him into the arms of Millicent, "your daughter," whom he gets with child, having won her affections with the present of a bangle bracelet.
Exploitation of blacks by the upstart white Hubbard family is a theme in both plays; but industrial challenges to the agrarianism of the Old South, the decline of personal and family honor, and the ineffectuality of aristocratic relics of the Southern past, such as Oscar Hubbard's lovable, fragile and dipsomaniacal
wife, Birdie, create an atmosphere of irreversible decadence and corruption.
The discovery of letters from Moore to his friend Ned Stebbins confirmed that the good cleric had long been plagued by dipsomaniacal
demons and that the poem about Santa Claus was an attempt to exorcise them (see Ramsforth, "St.