Mrs. Will Starnes

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Display Name: 
Mrs. Will Starnes
Sort Name: 
Starnes, Mrs.
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Dies
Cause of Death: 
Old Age
Biography: 

Mrs. Starnes, mother of Sophie Starnes, becomes widowed after Will Starnes dies. He leaves her with a mortgage on the house that Stribling (Hawkshaw) promises to pay off. Although the unnamed narrator refers the Starnes as "backwoods folks" (139), Mrs. Starnes believes her family's status is nonetheless superior to Stribling's (she calls him "one of these parveynoos" [140], or parvenu). When she dies, Hawkshaw buys her headstone.

Individual or Group: 
Individual

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