Maury Priest I

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162
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Maury Priest I
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Priest, Maury I
Ever Present in Yoknapatawpha?: 
Yes
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Like William Faulkner's father Murry in real life, Lucius' father Maury owns a livery stable in The Reivers. Maury Priest displays considerable force of character in the novel's first chapter, when he handles the trouble caused by Boon's rash anger. And the "gentlemanly" way he treats even his black employees is worth noting (8). But after that he becomes almost invisible, even before departing with the rest of the adults in the family for Bay St. Louis. In what the narrative says about his affinity for local idlers (38), there is an implied comparison between his lack of ambition and his own father's commanding presence.

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