Major de Spain

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Display Name: 
Major de Spain
Sort Name: 
de Spain, Major
AKA: 
Manfred de Spain
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Management
Biography: 

In the later Yoknapatawpha fictions, the de Spains are one of the most powerful families in Yoknapatawpha business and politics. There are at least two characters called "Major de Spain," although only one was a real Confederate Major. In a number of the earlier composed narratives that went on to become part of Go Down, Moses, including the magazine version of "Lion," the surviving typescript of "The Old People" and possibly the magazine version of that story as well, he appears to be the son of that man, given the title "Major" as a courtesy. In Go Down, Moses itself, Faulkner moved the timeline back a generation, making the de Spain in that novel the real Major. Since the magazine version of "The Bear" is drawn from that narrative, this de Spain is probably the actual Confederate Major, a wealthy planter with large land holdings, including a hunting camp, where each year he is joined in November by his friends: the narrator's father, old General Compson, Walter Ewell and Boon Hoggenbeck.

Note: 
JBP Changed "Sort name" to "de Spain, Major," and changed First Mentioned from Fishing Camp to Unnamed Boy's Father's Farm/Plantation. (He is mentioned in event 282.1)
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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