Nancy Mannigoe

Display Name: 
Nancy Mannigoe
Sort Name: 
Mannigoe, Nancy
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Domestic Service
Specific Job: 
Nanny
Date of Birth: 
Wednesday, January 1, 1908 to Saturday, December 31, 1910
Origin: 
Jefferson
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Biography: 

Nancy is "about thirty . . . with a calm impenetrable almost bemused face . . . a domestic servant, nurse to two white children, the second of whom, an infant, she smothered in its cradle" in what she considers a just cause (39). She appeared in the earlier story "That Evening Sun" (1931) as a part-time servant of the Compson family who also sells herself as a prostitute; when Temple Drake Stevens tells Gavin Stevens and the governor that Nancy "made her debut into the public life of her native city while lying in the gutter with a white man trying to kick her teeth or at least her voice back down her throat" (96), she is alluding to an event in that story. Already sentenced to death, Nancy is sustained by belief in her own salvation. (In the early 1930s, Faulkner apparently began a longer narrative that included Nancy's story as treated in "That Evening Sun.")

Individual or Group: 
Individual
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