Unnamed Garage Men

Although the narrative refers to them at one point as "the garage men" (127), the "white men sitting in titled chairs along the oil-foul wall of the garage across the street" from the jail during the day are associated with only two activities: listening to the convicted murderer sing and chewing, presumably tobacco (115).

Unnamed Boys and Negroes

This is a difficult group to label. It represents the "one or two ragamuffin boys or negroes" who "sometimes" visit the convicted murderer and on some of those times bring him "baskets," presumably containing food (115).

Unnamed Negroes

This icon represents the Negroes who gather outside the jail in the evenings and sing with the man inside awaiting execution. They wear "natty, shoddy suits and sweat-stained overalls" (114), and have "work-thickened shoulders" (124).

Unnamed Murder Victim

While it never gives her a name, or explains why her husband killed her, the narrative does provide a very vivid description of this woman's murder.

Unnamed Negro Murderer

The narrative does not name this man, except as the "murderer" (114) who is awaiting his execution in the jail when Goodwin is locked up there. He killed his wife with a razor. According to another unnamed black character, he is the "bes ba'ytone singer in nawth Mississippi!" His constant singing of "spirituals" and blues songs in jail, accompanied by a "chorus" of other blacks outside the window, provides a kind of soundtrack for the novel's main narrative (114-15).

Negro Cabin in Sanctuary in Sanctuary (Location)

While the "cabin" in which the "negro murderer" lived with the wife whom he killed could be in several different parts of Yoknapatawpha, we chose to locate it in the section of Jefferson where Faulkner often locates black homes (114).

Negro Cabin in Sanctuary

Unnamed Coroner

Simply called "the coroner," this man may also be the undertaker, but all one can say for certain is that he "sits over" Tommy's body as it lays in the funeral parlor trying unsuccessfully to learn his last name (113).

Unnamed Boys and Youths

This icon represents both the boys "with and without schoolbooks" who press against the window at the undertaker's parlor to get a glimpse of Tommy's body, and the "bolder" young men of the town who go inside the building, "in twos and threes," for a closer look (112).

Unnamed Merchants and Professional Men

When Horace goes downtown on his second day in Jefferson, he renews his acquaintance with the men he meets around the courthouse: "merchants and professional men," most of whom "remembered him as a boy" (112). They are not otherwise characterized.


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