Memphis Livestock Market in "Mule in the Yard" (Location)

I.O. Snopes buys his mules here and transports them via the Jefferson-Memphis Railroad to Jefferson.

Memphis Livestock Market

Blind Curve on Jefferson-Memphis Railroad in "Mule in the Yard" (Location)

The site of multiple railway accidents, the "blind curve of the railroad just out of town" (252) is also the location where Mr. Hait died.

Blind Curve on Jefferson-Memphis Railroad

Courthouse Square in "Mule in the Yard" (Location)

Jefferson is the county seat of Yoknapatawpha, and Courthouse Square is the physical and social center of Jefferson. We use it as the location for a number of events in the story that are not otherwise attached to a specific place, such as the time an unnamed citizen sends I.O. Snopes a train schedule.

Unnamed Golfers

On both Saturday and Sunday (the first and fourth sections of the novel) various groups of golfers are described playing on the course behind the Compson place. Consistent with the severe conceptual limitations of Benjy's mind, his descriptions of them are very confusing: "they went to the table, and he hit and the other hit" (3). When the third person narrator describes the same actions in the fourth section, it becomes easy to see who is there and what they are doing: Benjy and Luster "watched the foursome . . . move to the tee and drive" (315).


Luster is the son of Frony, and grandson of Dilsey. In The Sound and the Fury nothing is said about his father, but elsewhere Faulkner identifies him as an unnamed pullman porter. He spends every day taking care of Benjy and entertaining him. On the day with which the novel begins he also wants to find the quarter that he lost so he can go to what he calls "the show" (a kind of circus) that is playing in Jefferson that night (3). The next day, Easter Sunday, we seem him trying to figure out how to "play a tune on a saw," like the performer in the show (15).

Benjy Compson

Benjy is the cognitively disabled youngest child of Jason Compson III and Caroline Bascomb. In the novel he is referred to as a "natural" (160) and a "looney" (17); in interviews Faulkner frequently called him an "idiot"; until recently most readers probably thought of him as "severely retarded." At his birth he was named Maury, after Mrs. Compson's brother, but by the time he is five, after his mental disability has become apparent, his mother changes his name to Benjamin.

Unnamed White People Outside Jail

After describing the "negro murderer" who sings spirituals from inside the jail while awaiting his execution and the "few negroes" who "gathered along the fence" to sing with him (114), the narrative goes on to note the "white people" who "slowed and stopped" to listen (115).

Hait's Cow Shed in "Mule in the Yard" (Location)

The back of Mrs. Hait's house faces the railroad. There is a "shed building in the corner of the yard" (250), connected by a narrow plank walk to the main house. Mannie Hait moves into the shed and shares it with her cow after her house burned down.


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