Mr. Compson

Born around the time the South was defeated in the Civil War, Jason Compson III is the heir of one of Jefferson's founding families, yet his patrimony has declined over the course of his lifetime. In Benjy's section readers can find examples of Mr. Compson's attempts to be a good parent to his ill-assorted children, but on the whole he seems to look for refuge from time and loss in both alcoholism and a virulent form of nihilism. He goes through the motions of being a "gentleman," but refuses to believe that anything has meaning.

T.P. Gibson

T.P. is the second son of Dilsey and Roskus. As a young man he takes his brother Versh's place as Benjy's caretaker, and helps his father with the Compson's horses and cow. In 1910 he gets memorably drunk on the champagne - "sassprilluh," T. P. calls it (37) - that has been bought for Caddy's wedding. In 1928 he no longer lives on the Compson property, but still drives the carriage for Mrs. Compson's Sunday afternoon trips to the cemetery.

Dilsey Gibson

Dilsey is one of the central characters in The Sound and the Fury. She has worked for the Compson family for many decades, and may once have been their slave, or be descended from people who were enslaved by the family. Her own family inhabits the novel as a kind of foil to the Compsons. Married to Roskus, she is the mother of Versh, Frony, and T.P. and the grandmother of Luster. While technically she is the Compsons' cook, she is also generally responsible for keeping together both their family and her own.

Versh Gibson

Versh Gibson is the first-born son of Roskus and Dilsey. In the earliest scenes that Benjy remembers, he works as Benjy's caretaker. Sometime before 1928 he has moved from Yoknapatawpha to Memphis; Dilsey blames her husband for his "bad luck talk" that "got them Memphis notions into Versh" (31).

Maury Bascomb

Maury Bascomb is the brother of Caroline Bascomb Compson. For much of the Compson children's early life he lives in their home and regularly partakes of their father's whiskey; by 1928 he has moved away, but continues regularly to ask his sister for money. He also has an affair with the Compsons' next door neighbor, Mrs. Patterson. When the affair is revealed, Mr. Patterson beats Uncle Maury - or as Benjy puts it, "His eye was sick, and his mouth" (43).

Mrs. Compson

Caroline Compson nee Bascomb is the sister of Maury Bascomb (Uncle Maury), the wife of Jason Compson III and the mother of Quentin, Candace, Jason and Maury|Benjamin. A bed-ridden neurotic and a hypochondriac, Caroline seems hopelessly self-concerned and can only comprehend the social and moral decline of the Compson family in as much as it relates to her. She seems obsessed with the standing of the Bascomb family and largely oblivious to the misery of her own.


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