Granny Rosa Millard

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Granny Rosa Millard
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Millard, Rosa
AKA: 
Granny
Plurella Harris
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Dies
Family: 
Sartoris
Cause of Death: 
Murder
Biography: 

Rosa Millard is the mother-in-law of Col. John Sartoris and the grandmother of Bayard Sartoris. She lives at the Sartoris plantation and is responsible for managing things while her son-in-law is away fighting in the Civil War. She is referred to as "Granny" both by Bayard and by Ringo. She is responsible for their moral upbringing - punishing them, for instance, when they utter profanity - but as the story depicts, she is willing to lie when she fears for their lives at the hands of Union soldiers searching for them. Afterwards, she prays for forgiveness for her lie, and she punishes the boys (by washing their mouths out with soap) for their referring to the soldiers as "bastards." The stories show her systematic decline from a genteel, morally upright southern lady to one who is willing to lie, cheat, and even steal because of the hardships brought about by the war. In this story she works within the interstices of morality, running an operation in which she forges signatures to obtains mules from the Union army only to sell some of them back to the army in Memphis for money which she dispenses along with mules she keeps to the poor of Yoknapatawpha County. As the war draws to a close, she makes one last effort to secure money for her own family by forging General Nathan Bedford Forrest's orders to requisition horses that Grumby's Independents have stolen, which Ab Snopes intends to sell. When she goes to Grumby with the orders he kills her.

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