Eula Snopes

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Eula Snopes
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Snopes, Eula
AKA: 
Eula Varner Snopes
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Dies
Family: 
Snopes
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, January 1, 1889 to Wednesday, April 6, 1927
Cause of Death: 
Suicide
Biography: 

Daughter of Will Varner, wife of Flem Snopes, and mother of Linda Snopes, Eula is first seen as a precociously voluptuous young woman who is desired by many of the young men in Jefferson. Flem, Eula, and Linda arrive in Jefferson at the beginning of The Town. Chick Mallison describes Eula's effect on men: "There was just too much of what she was for any just one human female package to contain and hold: too much of white, too much of female, too much of maybe just glory...so that at first sight of her you felt a kind of shock of gratitude just for being alive and being male at the same instant with her in space and time, and then in the next second and forever after a kind of despair because you knew that there never would be enough of any one male to match and hold and deserve her" (6). Maggie Mallison expresses the female point of view concerning Eula: "The ladies of Jefferson dont care what she does. What they will never forgive is the way she looks. No: the way the Jefferson gentlemen look at her" (50). For almost twenty years, the town assumes that Eula is the lover of Manfred De Spain, especially after seeing the pair dance together at the Christmas cotillion. The jealous Gavin Stevens tries to make trouble for De Spain, and Eula seeks to pacify Gavin, but with no success. Eula's later concerns center on the education and marital status of Linda; she even exacts a promise from Gavin that he will marry Linda. Eula's final sacrifice frees Linda, leads De Spain to leave Jefferson, and allows Flem to erect a monument to her.

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