Flem Snopes

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Flem Snopes
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Snopes, Flem
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Snopes
Occupation: 
Management
Specific Job: 
Restaurant owner, power plant superintendent, bank clerk
Biography: 

The central character of The Town, Flem Snopes--son of Abner Snopes, the husband of Eula Varner Snopes, the putative father of Linda Snopes, and often the opponent of Gavin Stevens and V.K. Ratliff--begins his life in Jefferson as owner of a disreputable side-street restaurant and ends as president of the Sartoris bank. His success is grounded in a combination of intelligence, determination, secrecy, and a willingness to employ nepotism, thievery, and unscrupulous financial influence. His relationship with Eula's lover, Manfred De Spain, called "amicable cuckoldry" by Stevens and Ratliff, is a form of extortion or blackmail on the part of Flem. He is first described as "a squat uncommunicative man with a neat minute bow tie and opaque eyes and a sudden little hooked nose like the beak of a small hawk" (4). His behavior intrigues, puzzles, and angers Gavin Stevens and mystifies Ratliff and Charles Mallison as he climbs the financial ladder of the Jefferson economy. Money, his means if not always his goal, figures prominently in his sequence of ventures. His daughter, Linda, provides him with the means to carry out his ultimate project, to "unpin" his deeply personal advantage (30). In her last conversation with Stevens, Eula explains Flem's behavior and concludes: "You've got to be careful or you'll have to pity him.You'll have to" (347).

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