Tom 1

Character Key Number: 
487
Display Name: 
Tom 1
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Tom 1
Ever Present in Yoknapatawpha?: 
Yes
Biography: 

In "A Point of Law" and again in Go Down, Moses, the deputy who helps arrest Lucas and George is named Tom - though he is unnamed until the sheriff gently rebukes him by name (218, 64). In both texts he is described as with the words "plump" and "voluble" (217, 62); he does most of the talking during the arraignment, and displays some racial pride in the way he explains how easy it was to discover where the black men had hidden the still.