Quick's Sawmill|Varner's Sawmill in The Mansion (Location)

Display Label: 
Varner's Water Mill
Type: 
Other Structure
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Context (text, as interpreted)
Other Texts Location Appears In: 
X: 
1520
Y: 
1462
Description: 

The novel doesn't say what kind of mill is the one Ratliff calls ""Uncle Bill Varner's water mill" (347), the site of "the annual Varner's Mill picnic" (326), but since turning trees into lumber is one of the staples of the Yoknapatawpha economy, it's most likely one of the many sawmills in Faulkner's fictions. Elsewhere, the sawmill in Frenchman's Bend is owned by Ben Quick. This one is built next to a "mill pond" (348), which collects water behind "Varner's mill-dam" (34) to provide water power to drive the machinery. What matters to the story is the mill's proximity to what Ratliff calls "a dog thicket": "a clump of gum and hickory and ash and pin oak switches on the bank jest above the mill-pond" (347); it serves the dogs in the area as a place to relieve themselves, and provides Ratliff with the power to drive Clarence Snopes out of politics.

Role: 
Site of Event
Status: 
Continuous
If "Other Structure," specify: 
Sawmill

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