Ripley, Mississippi in Flags in the Dust (Location)

Location Key: 
Display Label: 
Bayard's Exit Point/Ripley
Type: 
OutOfYoknapatawpha
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Context (text, as interpreted)
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2380
Y: 
300
Description: 

Though the town from which Bayard Sartoris leaves Mississippi for the last time is not named, it is at least 30 miles northeast of Jefferson and has a railroad. If Jefferson is more or less on the map where Oxford, Mississippi, is located, then that town would probably be Ripley, Mississippi. Ripley is where the Falkner family rose to its greatest prominence, thanks to the achievements of Colonel William Falkner, the original for the character of Colonel John Sartoris. Among those achievements was building the railroad, which would give a special autobiographical poignancy to the way Bayard rides into exile on those tracks. It is, however, by no means certain that Faulkner was thinking of this town as Ripley.

Role: 
Site of Event
Status: 
Continuous
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