Narcissa Benbow

Display Name: 
Narcissa Benbow
Sort Name: 
Benbow, Narcissa
AKA: 
Narcissa Sartoris
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Benbow
Date of Birth: 
Wednesday, January 1, 1890 to Thursday, December 31, 1896
Origin: 
Yoknapatawpha
Biography: 

Sister of Horace Benbow, with whom she seems to have an unusually close relationship, and second wife of Young Bayard, whom she married in 1919 and with whom her relationship is always strained. The most eligible upperclass woman in Jefferson, she is courted openly by Dr. Alford, and clandestinely by Bryon Snopes, whose anonymous love letters she keeps in her bedroom until Byron steals them. ("There Was a Queen" tells the story of how she recovered these letters.) On June 5, 1920, the same day of her husband's death, she gave birth to a son. Aunt Jenny wanted her to name him John, but Narcissa chose Benbow "Bory" Sartoris, perhaps hoping break the self-destructive pattern repeated by the male Sartorises.

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