Tommy

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Display Name: 
Tommy
Sort Name: 
Tommy
AKA: 
Tawmmy
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Poor White
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Dies
Occupation: 
Criminal
Specific Job: 
Moonshiner
Cause of Death: 
Murder
Biography: 

Barefoot, "shambling," with "matted and foul" hair (10) and a "rapt empty gaze" (113), Tommy helps Lee make bootleg whiskey and, when Lee is not watching, drinks it too. He has been a familiar figure "for fifteen years about the countryside" (113), and occasionally in town, but no one in Yoknapatawpha knows his last name. His behavior disconcerts both Horace and Temple. Lee and Ruby both call him a "feeb" (9, 128). He is feeble-minded but kind-hearted. After Gowan deserts Temple, Tommy loses his life trying to protect her from Popeye.

Disability: 
cognitively disabled
Individual or Group: 
Individual

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