Eunice

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Display Name: 
Eunice
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Eunice
Race: 
MixedBlackWhite
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Enslaved Black
Rank: 
Peripheral
Vitality: 
Dead
Family: 
McCaslin
Family (new): 
Cause of Death: 
Suicide
Biography: 

Eunice appears in the novel only as a name in the McCaslin plantation ledgers, but behind those entries is the terrible story that much of the novel is organized around. Eunice was bought by Lucius Quintus Carothers McCaslin "in New Orleans 1807 $650" (253). Although she is never physically described, our decision to identify her race as 'Mixed' rather than 'Black' is based on the extravagant amount of money Old Carothers paid for her on the New Orleans slave market, which is associated elsewhere in Faulkner with the sale of quadroons as concubines to wealthy white men. (Another entry, for example, records the sale price of the slave named "Percavil Brownly" half a century later as "$265," 250). Eunice is already pregnant with Carothers McCaslin's child when he marries her to Thucydus, another slave on the McCaslin plantation. She drowns herself on Christmas day, 1832, after learning of her daughter Tomasina's pregnancy.

Individual or Group: 
Individual
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Date of Death: 
Monday, December 31, 1832

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