Governor Henry

Display Name: 
Governor Henry
Sort Name: 
Governor Henry
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Administrative
Specific Job: 
Governor of Mississippi
Biography: 

Referred to in the script as "GOVERNOR" and addressed, by Gavin, only by his first name - "Henry" (90) - the man who meets with Gavin and Temple in Act II to hear an informal appeal on behalf of Nancy is referred to as "the last, the ultimate seat of judgment" (89). In the stage directions he is identified not with Mississippi but with a "mythical" State, "the State of which Yoknapatawpha County is a unit" (89) - though elsewhere in the novel there is no ambiguity about the literary 'fact' that Yoknapatawpha is in Mississippi. The Governor had obviously just been routed out of bed or at least out of his study or dressing room" (90). He listens sympathetically as Temple Drake describes her complicity in the misbehavior in Memphis years earlier, but makes it clear that he can do nothing to stay the execution.

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Individual
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