Haitian Planter's Wife

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Haitian Planter's Wife
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Unnamed Wife of Haitian Planter
Race: 
MixedBlackWhite
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Peripheral
Vitality: 
Dead
Biography: 

This nameless woman never appears directly in the narrative, but plays a major role in Sutpen's story. According to her husband, the Haitian sugar planter who becomes Sutpen's father-in-law, she was "a Spaniard" (203). When his son is born, however, Sutpen realizes - or imagines - "she was part negro" (283). The Chronology at the end of the novel treats that as a fact: "Sutpen learns his wife has negro blood" (203). But the actual novel does not independently confirm it.

Ethnicity: 
Spanish
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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