Major de Spain

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Display Name: 
Major de Spain
Sort Name: 
de Spain, Major
AKA: 
Cassius de Spain
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Administrative
Specific Job: 
Banker
Biography: 

Major de Spain here is the owner and patrician leader of the territory in which "Lion" primarily takes place, which his father, the original Major de Spain, bought from Thomas Sutpen, This present "courtesy" Major is a clear-sighted and disciplined hunter who sets the standards and the "orders of the day" for the men at the hunting camp, until after the final running of the bear, Old Ben, ends the pleasures of the lderness experience for him. In Jefferson, he is a banker and community leader.

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The "Major de Spain" of "Lion" should not be confused with his father, who was an actual Confedeerate officer in the Civil War.. He also established the hunting camp that figures prominently in <em>Go Down, Moses</em> (1942),, <em> Big Woods </em> (1955),, and several associated stories. If we understand that Quentin [Compson] is present as a sixteen-year-old witness to the events, of "Lion," the "Major de Spain" of this story must be the man described in <em>Big Woods</em> as "his son, a banker, called Major in memory of his father and the rank and title which his father had learned and bore valiantly by 1865" (146) The "Major" of "Lion" should also be distinguished from Manfred de Spain, another son of the Confederate officer.ns, Manfred, figures as the long-time lover of Eula Varner Snopes in <em>The Town</em> (1957). Although Cassius and Manfred would be brothers of about the same age, and bankers, they are never mentioned together and are differentiated by their given names and their marital status, with Manfred being an ardent bachelor, while Cassius seems to have a conventional marriage..
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