Bayard Sartoris

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Bayard Sartoris
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Sartoris, Bayard
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Old Bayard Sartoris
"Colonel" Sartoris
Colonel (Bayard) Sartoris
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Sartoris
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, September 1, 1849 to Sunday, September 30, 1849
Origin: 
Yoknapatawpha
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First Person
Biography: 

Bayard Sartoris is the narrator of "The Unvanquished," though he is telling the story some years later (as other stories in the series and in The Unvanquished make clear). The only son of Colonel John Sartoris, a prominent Yoknapatawpha planter now fighting in the Civil War, Bayard looks up to and admires his father. At the time of this story, the hardships and realities of the war have reached him, as he works with his Ringo (who is both his friend and his slave) to aid his grandmother Rosa Millard's scheme to get money from the Union army in Mississippi by stealing and then selling back the Yankees' own mules. Bayard Sartoris is a frequent character in other Faulkner texts, including the other stories in this series that were revised to form the novel The Unvanquished (1938). He is a major character in Flags in the Dust, and he is referred to in several other stories, such as "A Rose for Emily."

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