Hait's House in "Mule in the Yard" (Location)

Mrs. Hait's house is located on the edge of town near the railroad tracks. The house has a basement which can be accessed via an outside wooden entrance and is painted in "that serviceable and time-defying color which the railroad station was painted" in (253).

Hait's House

Miss Quentin Compson

There are two Compsons named "Quentin" who appear in the novel, the second (a female) born not long after the first (a male) commits suicide. Miss Quentin is the illegitimate daughter of Caddy Compson and an unknown father. In the 1946 Appendix to The Sound and the Fury Faulkner describes her as "The last. Candace's daughter.

Unnamed Streetcar Passengers(3)

Quentin mentions the people on the interurban that carries him back to Cambridge when he self-consciously notes that they are all "looking at my [black] eye" as he gets out of the car (170). Nothing else is known about "them," as Quentin calls them.

Unnamed Memphis Policemen

Three Memphis police men: that is how many it takes, according to the story Quentin heard, to subdue the naked Negroes who disturb the peace in the throes of a religious trance.


Mike is presumably the owner of the Boston gym where Gerald Bland has been learning to box. Shreve tells Spoade that Bland has "been going to Mike's every day, over in town" (166).


Natalie is a girl about Quentin and Caddy's age who lives near their house. Caddy calls her "a dirty girl" (134) after catching her and Quentin naively exploring their sexualities together in the barn, but their behavior would probably seem natural enough to anyone but Quentin. Natalie does, however, take the lead in this exploration, and given the contemptuous way Caddy treats her (calling her "Cowface," for example, 136), the novel might be suggesting she is lower class.


Wilkie is mentioned by Mrs. Bland, when she tells the young people in her car about Gerald's grandfather back in Kentucky, who insisted on picking "his own mint" for his juleps: "He wouldn't even let old Wilkie touch it" (148). It seems safe to say that Wilkie was a servant in the Bland family.

Cambridge: Italian Neighborhood in The Sound and the Fury (Location)

In the early twentieth century most of the Italian immigrants in Boston lived in the densely populated North End, east of Cambridge and right up against the harbor. The neighborhood full of "new Italian families" that Faulkner creates is in the opposite direction (129). Quentin is led into it by the mysteriously silent little girl he encounters in the bakery. Its "shabby streets" with broken sidewalks lead to houses like the one with a "pink garment hanging in the wind from an upper window" (131).


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