Rosa Millard

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Rosa Millard
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Millard, Rosa
AKA: 
Granny
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Upper Class
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Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Sartoris
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Rosa Millard is the mother-in-law of Colonel John Sartoris and the grandmother of Bayard Sartoris. No details of her earlier life are revealed in this story, but she lives at the Sartoris plantation and is responsible for managing things while her son-in-law is away fighting in the Civil War. She is referred to as "Granny" both by Bayard and by Ringo, a family slave. She is responsible for their moral upbringing, punishing them, for instance, when they utter profanity. Yet, in face of the adversities brought by the war she compromises these ideals. For example, after her mules are stolen on the way to Memphis, she "borrows" several horses in order to make her way back home. Throughout "Retreat" she is following the Colonel's orders to go to Memphis and, as Ringo repeatedly notes, will not let anything stand in her way. She is a major character in this and other stories in The Unvanquished series; in them she remains a formidable figure, but they can also be said to show her systematic decline from a genteel, morally upright southern lady to one who is willing to lie, cheat, and even steal because of the hardships brought about by the war.

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has influential social contacts (family, business, political)
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