Luster

Display Name: 
Luster
Sort Name: 
Luster
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Gibson
Occupation: 
Domestic Service
Specific Job: 
Caretaker
Date of Birth: 
Thursday, January 1, 1914 to Thursday, December 31, 1914
Biography: 

Luster is the son of Frony, and grandson of Dilsey. In The Sound and the Fury nothing is said about his father, but elsewhere Faulkner identifies him as an unnamed pullman porter. He spends every day taking care of Benjy and entertaining him. On the day with which the novel begins he also wants to find the quarter that he lost so he can go to what he calls "the show" (a kind of circus) that is playing in Jefferson that night (3). The next day, Easter Sunday, we seem him trying to figure out how to "play a tune on a saw," like the performer in the show (15). Luster exaggerates his treatment of Benjy when he tells a group of other blacks that "I whips him" (15), but Dilsey often has to upbraid him for neglecting, teasing or at times bullying Benjy.

Note: 
Although he lives with the Gibsons, given Luster's anonymous provenance he might not be considered a full Gibson.
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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