Narrator

Display Name: 
Narrator
Sort Name: 
Unnamed Narrator
AKA: 
Vladimir Kyrlytch Ratliff
V.K. Ratliff
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Sales and Service
Specific Job: 
Sewing Machine Dealer
Real?: 
No
Narrator: 
First Person
Biography: 

The unnamed vernacular narrator who tells the story is one of Faulkner's favorite characters, identified in other early Faulkner texts as V.K. Suratt - a name Faulkner later changed to V.K. Suratt.  His voice identifies him as a country man, but the narrator identifies himself as an itinerant salesman, in Frenchman's Bend in order to "sell a machine" - a sewing machine - to a Mrs. Burden who lives nearby (174).  He is returning to Jefferson as the story begins, colloquially, as if he is speaking to a live audience with whom he feels very comfortable: "Yes, sir. Flem Snopes has filled that whole country full of spotted horses" (165).  Faulkner frequently uses him, his vernacular voice, and his shrewd perspective on human beings, to narrate his fictions.

Property Status: 
owns business
Individual or Group: 
Individual
Character changes class in this text: 

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