Quick's Sawmill|Varner's Sawmill in "By the People" (Location)

Display Label: 
Varner's River Mill
Type: 
Other Structure
Authority : 
Context (text, as interpreted)
Other Texts Location Appears In: 
X: 
1478
Y: 
1475
Description: 

Turning trees into lumber is one of the staples of the Yoknapatawpha economy, so there are a number of saw mills in Faulkner's texts. In some of them, the sawmill in Frenchman's Bend is owned by Ben Quick. In others, including this one, it belongs to Will Varner. It is the site of "the annual Varner's Mill picnic," a social event at which local politicians announce their candidacies (88). The mill is built next to a "mill pond," which provides water power to drive the machinery (137), though in this story, its proximity to what Ratliff calls "a dog thicket" is much more important. Ratliff describes the thicket as "a clump of gum and hickory and ash and pin oak switches on the bank jest above the mill pond" (137); 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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