Unnamed Memphis Lawyer

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Unnamed Memphis Lawyer
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Unnamed Memphis Lawyer
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Professional
Specific Job: 
Lawyer
Origin: 
Memphis
Biography: 

We first hear about this man during Clarence Snopes' antisemitic rant about "a Memphis jew lawyer" (266). We see him for the first time on the day Temple testifies in court; he sits "picking his teeth" at the prosecution's table. There Horace refers to him as "a Jew lawyer from Memphis" (282). The narrative's description is less overtly hostile, but phrases like "his skull was capped closely by tight-curled black hair" and "he had a long, pale nose" (281) do emphasize his ethnicity. His connection with Memphis suggests he represents Popeye's interests. Since we know that Clarence has sold him information about Temple's whereabouts, it seems likely that he is responsible for bringing her to Yoknapatawpha, and may even be responsible for the lies she tells on the stand. But none of that is said directly.

Ethnicity: 
Jewish
Individual or Group: 
Individual

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