Mottstown in Light in August (Location)

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Mottstown
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Event
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Faulkner map
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1300
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1640
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Spelled "Mottson" in several other fictions, Mottstown is first large town "twenty miles" south of Jefferson (339), and itself a county seat. In Light in August it appears as both a physical place and as a kind of narrator. In both these contexts it has a lot of similarities with Jefferson. The physical place has a courthouse and a square, a railroad station with a cafe nearby, even a black residential district called "Niggertown," next to which the Hineses, Christmas' grandparents, have lived for 25 years (351). And just as "the town" of Jefferson tells the story of Hightower's arrival and disgrace to Byron Bunch in Chapter 3, so in Chapter 15 the people of Mottstown and the surrounding countryside, speaking as a single voice inside quotation marks, narrates the capture of Christmas after his arrival there "in broad daylight" (349).

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Site of Event
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Continuous

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