Lucas Quintus Carothers McCaslin Beauchamp

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Lucas Quintus Carothers McCaslin Beauchamp
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Beauchamp, Lucas Quintus Carothers McCaslin
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
McCaslin
Biography: 

A major character in two of Faulkner's late novels - Go Down, Moses and Intruder in the Dust - Lucas Beauchamp, the illegitimate mixed race descendant of Lucius McCaslin, is only mentioned once in The Reivers, as Bobo's cousin. But the brief description of him that Lucius' great-grandmother gave Lucius' grandmother captures his stature as a man: "except for color," Lucas "looked (and behaved: just as arrogant, just as iron-headed, just as intolerant) exactly like" Lucius the first, the patriarch of the McCaslin family that Lucius himself identifies with (229). It's not clear, however, why Lucius has to rely on this secondhand description, since according to the chronology of the other novels Lucas appears in, in 1905 he was still very much alive and living at the McCaslin-Edmonds place where Lucius has spent a lot of time.

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