Compson Place: Gate in The Sound and the Fury (Location)

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Display Label: 
Gate and Street
Type: 
YoknapatawphaInset
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Context (text, as interpreted)
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Description: 

The metal gate that separates the Compson house from the street that runs past it and into town has been kept locked since Benjy was a child so that he cannot "escape." But he regularly goes down to the gate, first to wait for the young Caddy coming home from school (6), then, after she grows up and marries, to watch other school girls going past the house on their way home. This gate is accidentally left unlocked one day when Benjy is about 17-years-old, allowing him to get into the street where he tries to talk to a young girl named Burgess. She lives nearby, close enough for her father to respond to the sight of the hulking adolescent grabbing his daughter by attacking Benjy with a fence picket (263). (One unexplained physical detail in the novel is how the Compson driveway is kept shut. But Benjy never goes to the street that way, except when being driven in the carriage.)

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Site of Event
Status: 
Continuous
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