Byron Bunch

Display Name: 
Byron Bunch
Sort Name: 
Bunch, Byron
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Production
Specific Job: 
Worker in Planing Mill
Biography: 

A "small man who will not see thirty again" (47), Bryon Bunch came to Jefferson seven years before the novel begins, and leaves the town before it ends. The bookkeeper at the planing mill where he works calls him a "hillbilly" (413). While in Jefferson, for six days every week he is a steady, dependable worker in the mill; every Sunday he directs a country church choir. When Lena Grove appears at the mill in search of Lucas Burch, Byron instantly and "contrary to all the tradition of his austere and jealous country raising" (49) falls in love with her and disrupts the pattern of his life to look after her interests.  Scrupulously honest with himself and others, Byron is also a sweet-tempered man, and the only person in Jefferson who shows deep respect and clear-eyed knowledge of Reverend Hightower.

Note: 
Keywords: love, chivalry, kindness
Financial Status: 
laborer (works for wages)
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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