Vernon Tull

Display Name: 
Vernon Tull
Sort Name: 
Tull, Vernon
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Farming
Specific Job: 
Farmer
Narrator: 
Stream of Consciousness
Biography: 

Vernon is the father of the Tull family, farmers and neighbors to the Bundrens. Most of what we know about Tull comes directly from the six sections that he narrates, for the other characters do not spend time describing him. But both his actions in the novel and Anse's habit of depending on him confirm his statements about how generous he has been as a neighbor. He also sounds like one of the novel's more reliable commentators, especially when he thinks that it might be a mistake for a person "to spend too much time thinking" (71).

Note: 
With all of these farmers we are left with the question; are they tenant farmers or do they own their farms?? Is there any specific evidence in the text to suggest ownership or tenancy? After some discussion we have landed on falling them lowerclass (and therefore leaning toward owners) because of the way they talk about their land. There is one chapter, in which, as with Darl, there are italics. They seem to function as interjections within the section where he is using the present tense, these are perhaps the commentaries he would share with his listener if he had one
Property Status: 
owns land
owns house
Financial Status: 
poor (controls limited wealth)
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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