Cambridge: City Trolley in The Sound and the Fury (Location)

Display Label: 
City Trolley
Type: 
OutOfYoknapatawpha
Authority : 
Context (text, as interpreted)
X: 
1845
Y: 
230
Description: 

During the last day of his life Quentin rides on a number of "cars" (85, 86, 105, etc.), by which he refers to the trolleys that run on various streets around Cambridge. During the early 20th century the Boston area was served by a number of streetcar lines, but it is doubtful that Faulkner had specific routes in mind. It seems more important thematically to suggest both the restlessness of Quentin's movements and the way in which he seems to keep trying to find an escape from time - clocks chiming, shadows, factory whistles, etc. In any case, this one Location represents all the streetcars he takes throughout the day. (There is another Location for his trips on an "interurban" train.)

Role: 
Site of Event
Status: 
Continuous
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