Young Woman's Aunt

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Young Woman's Aunt
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Unnamed Aunt of Young Woman
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Peripheral
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Domestic Service
Specific Job: 
Washerwoman
Origin: 
Vicksburg
Biography: 

This woman lives in Vicksburg with her family, and was willing to take in her niece after her father's death. When this niece tells Ike McCaslin that her aunt "took in washing," he suddenly realizes the racial nature of the "effluvium" she brings with her (278, 277). In the Yoknapatawpha fictions, the women who wash clothes are always Negroes.

Individual or Group: 
Individual
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