Narcissa Benbow Sartoris

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Narcissa Benbow Sartoris
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Sartoris, Narcissa Benbow
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Sartoris
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, January 1, 1893 to Sunday, December 31, 1893
Origin: 
Yoknapatawpha
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Born into one of Yoknapatawpha's leading families and married into another, Narcissa Benbow Sartoris is a widow with a 10-year-old son when she appears for a second time in Faulkner's fiction. In Flags in the Dust the word the narrative continually associates with her is "serene." That word recurs in Sanctuary, but now it is paired with the word "stupid" (25). In the first novel she is largely passive, courted or stalked by men from three very different classes. In this novel she plays a more active role, and a much less attractive one too, as she tries to protect her reputation against her brother Horace's quixotic involvement with a former prostitute and a moonshiner.

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