Will Starnes

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Display Name: 
Will Starnes
Sort Name: 
Starnes, Will
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Dies
Occupation: 
Other
Specific Job: 
Landowner
Cause of Death: 
Old Age
Biography: 

Will Starnes is the father of Henry Stribling's (Hawkshaw) first fiancee, Sophie Starnes. He owns a house and land, all mortgaged. Starnes is lazy - some people suggest he may have died because "he was too lazy to keep on breathing" - and unambitious, "satisfied to be a landowner as long as he had enough to eat a little tobacco" (138). He does not object to Sophie's engagement to Stribling, whom Mrs. Starnes considers to be beneath them. He probably isn't, however, as the unnamed narrator calls the Starneses "backwoods folks" (139).

Individual or Group: 
Individual

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