Mister Ernest

Display Name: 
Mister Ernest
Sort Name: 
Ernest, Mister
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Management
Specific Job: 
Landlord, Farmer
Origin: 
Van Dorn
Biography: 

Mister Ernest is a planter/farmer who grows "cotton and oats and beans and hay" () at Van Dorn, his estate somewhere close to the wilderness in which the hunt takes place. A widower, he adopts the unnamed twelve year old narrator of "Race at Morning" when the child's parents - tenant farmers on his land - abandon him. According to the narrator, Mister Ernest "wasn't jest a planter; he was a farmer" who was as hard working as any of "his hands and tenants" (308). Mister Ernest goes deer hunting each November with a party of men from Yoknapatawpha. Although he also hunts from horseback, Mister Ernest is likely somewhat below the social stature of Roth Edmonds. Mister Ernest and the narrator always stay an extra day at the hunting camp after the other men leave to partake of the food and whisky the other hunters leave at the camp. Mister Ernest's plan that his adopted son will start school rather than participate in the next November hunt indicates Mister Ernest's understanding of historical forces and social changes that necessitate his adopted son receiving formal education.

Note: 
Education Labor Environment Decorum
Property Status: 
owns land
owns house
Social Status: 
has influential social contacts (family, business, political)
Disability: 
audio impaired
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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