Haley Bottom in As I Lay Dying (Location)

Location Key: 
Display Label: 
Haley Bottom Levee
Type: 
Other Structure
Authority : 
Speculation
X: 
1483
Y: 
1095
Description: 

No other Yoknapatawpha fiction refers to a place called "Haley bottom." Once the Bundrens cross the flooded river, they should be able to take the road from Frenchman's Bend to Jefferson. But according to Armstid, "the levee through Haley bottom had done gone for two miles and . . . the only way to get to Jefferson would be go around Mottson" (185). Although this is vague, apparently a levee built between the road and a creek at a particularly low place (a "bottom") has been carried away by the rising water. Anse confirms this when he tells the Mottstown sheriff that they are in his town because "the road was washed out" (204). In any case, the road's impassibility makes the Bundrens' journey take several days longer.

Role: 
Only Mentioned in Text
Status: 
Destroyed
If "Other Structure," specify: 
Levee
5504

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