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
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First Person
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Bayard Sartoris is the narrator of "Vendee," though as in the other seven stories that he narrates, he is telling the story some years later. The only son of Colonel John Sartoris, a prominent planter who is now a Confederate officer, Bayard looks up to and admires his father. At the time of this story, Bayard is seeking vengeance for the murder of his grandmother Rosa Millard by Grumby and his gang of outlaws. He is too young to be in the Civil War. His inexperience is often displayed in the story, but its outcome can be seen as a step in his growth toward manhood. According to Uncle Buck, they definitely prove that he is "John Sartoris' boy" (117).

Bayard Sartoris is a frequent character in other Faulkner texts, including the other stories in the series that were revised to form the novel The Unvanquished. As an old man 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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