Susan Reed

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Display Name: 
Susan Reed
Sort Name: 
Reed, Susan
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Sales and Service
Specific Job: 
Sales clerk
Date of Birth: 
Wednesday, January 1, 1913 to Wednesday, December 31, 1913
Biography: 

Susan Reed is an orphan who is taken care of by the Burchett family; possibly she is their niece or cousin, but the unnamed narrator hints that she may be the illegitimate child of either Mr. or Mrs. Burchett. We first encounter her as a "thin little girl," "about five" years old, with "big scared eyes," and "straight, soft hair, not blonde and not brunette" (131). Once she reaches adolescence, however, her innocent look disappears and she becomes promiscuous, with "flimsy off-color clothes" and a "face watchful and bold and discreet all at once" (135). She starts "using rouge and paint" (134), drops out of school, and, according to narrator, sleeps with "schoolboys, married men, anybody" (135) - making her a minor member of the gallery of sexually active young women who appear in Faulkner's early fiction. Although Susan does not say anything in the story, she and her "hair" are a major part of Hawkshaw's story.

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