Boon Hogganbeck

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Display Name: 
Boon Hogganbeck
Sort Name: 
Hogganbeck, Boon
AKA: 
Boon Hoggenbeck
Race: 
MixedIndianWhite
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Other
Date of Birth: 
Thursday, January 1, 1857 to Monday, January 1, 1866
Origin: 
Yoknatawpha County
Biography: 

Boon, according to Quentin, "didn't have any profession or trade, or even job: he just did whatever Major de Spain told him to do" (185). He is part of the hunting party out of his fidelity to Major de Spain. In "Lion" he is about forty years old and, as elsewhere, he is described as six feet, four inches tall. Quentin also says "he had the mind of a child and the heart of a horse and the ugliest face I ever saw" (184), red and wrinkled and with eyes "like shoebuttons, without depth, without meanness or generosity or viciousness or gentleness or anything at all: just something to see with" (185). The champion and caretaker of Lion, Boon acts nobly at the risk of both his body and life when he comes to Lion's aid in the climax of the hunt for Old Ben. He is later appointed the town marshal at Hoke's mill by de Spain, and reveals more of his personal values hunting abilities in the story's last scene. Boon also figures importantly in Go Down, Moses (1942) and throughout Big Woods (1955). He is, finally, one of the principal characters in The Reivers (1962).

Disability: 
psychosocially impaired
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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