Eck Snopes

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Eck Snopes
Sort Name: 
Snopes, Eck
AKA: 
Eckrum
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Poor White
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Dies
Family: 
Snopes
Family (new): 
Occupation: 
Sales and Service
Specific Job: 
Short Order Cook, Watchman
Cause of Death: 
Accident
Biography: 

Eck Snopes, the father of Wallstreet Panic and Admiral Dewey Snopes, is described first as "another Snopes accreted in from Frenchman's Bend into the vacuum behind the first one" (9). But to Gavin, he seems too generous and good-hearted to be a member of the Snopes family. Gavin says that Eck is "indubitably and indefensibily not a Snopes," arguing that Eck's mother "had, must have, as the old bucolic poet said, cast a leglin girth herself before she married whatever Snopes was Eck's titular father" (33) - which is Gavin's way of saying he believes Eck is illegitimate, not biologically a Snopes. After breaking his neck in an effort that saved the life of a Negro mill hand, Eck "was a threat to his whole family's long tradition of slow and invincible rapacity because of that same incredible and innocent assumption that all people practise courage and honesty for the simple reason that if they didn't everybody would be frightened and confused" (34). He loses his job in Flem's cafe when he naively but honestly announces that the hamburgers he cooks "aint [made from] no beef" (34). "All the boys in town" appreciate his willingness to share his "raw peanuts" with them (116). He dies searching for a missing boy when he holds a lantern flame over one of the oil company's open storage tanks.

Disability: 
mobility impaired
wounded
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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