Virginia Du Pre

Display Name: 
Virginia Du Pre
Sort Name: 
Du Pre, Virginia
AKA: 
Miss Jenny
Aunt Jenny
Jenny Du Pre
Genevieve Du Pre
Virginia Depre
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Dies
Family: 
Sartoris
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, January 1, 1839 to Thursday, December 31, 1840
Origin: 
Carolina
Cause of Death: 
Old Age
Biography: 

The "Queen" of this story, Virginia Du Pre nee Sartoris is a force to be reckoned with for over ninety years. She could also be called the "Unvanquished" from the title of Faulkner's second novel about the Sartorises. When Elnora talks about "Her," her tone of voice capitalizes the pronoun (732). "The last of the Carolina family" (728), whose father and husband were killed during the Civil War, in 1869 she made her own way across the defeated South carrying panes of colored glass and flower cuttings from the family's ancestral home like sacred relics. Living with her brother, Colonel John, in Mississippi she becomes the proud keeper of the family's history and the loving scourge of its menfolks. She grows a lush garden out of her salvaged cuttings. In this story she may also be administering the family's still extensive properties, though Faulkner never makes that role explicit. Though the failing of her body has put her in a wheelchair, her mind is as sharp and as acerbic as ever.

Disability: 
mobility impaired
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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