T.P. Gibson

Character Key: 
Display Name: 
T.P. Gibson
Sort Name: 
Gibson, T.P.
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Gibson
Family (new): 
Occupation: 
Domestic Service
Specific Job: 
Caretaker
Date of Birth: 
Monday, January 1, 1894 to Tuesday, December 31, 1895
Biography: 

T.P. is the second son of Dilsey and Roskus. As a young man he takes his brother Versh's place as Benjy's caretaker, and helps his father with the Compson's horses and cow. In 1910 he gets memorably drunk on the champagne - "sassprilluh," T. P. calls it (37) - that has been bought for Caddy's wedding. In 1928 he no longer lives on the Compson property, but still drives the carriage for Mrs. Compson's Sunday afternoon trips to the cemetery. His absence on the novel's Sunday - according to Luster, he said he was going "out to St John's" for the day (316) - results in Luster driving Benjy by himself.

Individual or Group: 
Individual
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