Ab Snopes

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Ab Snopes
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Snopes, Ab
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Poor White
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Snopes
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Occupation: 
Farming
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Ab Snopes, Flem's father in a number of Yoknapatawpha fictions, is an elusive figure in The Town. In Chapter 1 Charles reports him as having been hanged during the Civil War as a horse thief - right before Ratliff tells Gavin Stevens that "about ten years ago Flem and an old man who seemed to be his father appeared suddenly from nowhere one day and rented a little farm from Mr Will Varner who just about owned the whole settlement and district called Frenchman's Bend about twenty miles from Jefferson" (5). (Ab may appear again in Chapter 8, as the irascible old man who lived just outside of Jefferson with a watermelon patch that he fiercely guarded: some folks say he "Mr Flem's father" but others identify him as "just his uncle" (136). However, we have decided to identify this angry old man as a brother of Ab.)

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In The Town, Faulkner plays with the idea that this oldest Snopes has only legendary connections to the Ab Snopes of The Unvanquished novel and stories. JBC
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