Ike McCaslin's Wife

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Ike McCaslin's Wife
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McCaslin, Wife of Ike
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Dies
Family: 
McCaslin
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Cause of Death: 
Old Age
Biography: 

Ike’s wife - the daughter, apparently, of the bank president who hires Ike and his partner to put a new roof on his stable - remains in the background for much of the novel, but in her brief appearances Faulkner emphasizes her hostility, as Ike meets her “tense bitter indomitable voice” with a posture of familiarity (104). Ike’s wife considers the McCaslin plantation Ike’s property, and her husband a fool for handing it over to Cass Emonds. When Ike first meets her, “an only child, a small girl yet curiously bigger than she seemed at first . . . with dark eyes and a passionate heart-shaped face,” she makes her ambition and desire to escape clear to the reader, if not to Ike: “Papa told me about you. That farm is really yours, isn’t it?” (296).

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Individual
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