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3603 Unnamed People at Train Station 3

According to The Mansion, this group of "men and boys" come repeatedly each day to the shed by the depot to see the trains pass (38).

3602 Unnamed Railroad Engineer 2

In The Mansion Mink sees this engineer "crouched dim and high above the hissing steam" as a night train pulls into the Jefferson station (39).

3601 Unnamed Ticket Seller 2

The man who sells tickets to the movie at Jefferson's Airdome in The Mansion appears only as "a voice" that speaks to Mink "from the ticket window" (37).

3600 Unnamed Threatened Witness

This hypothetical character in The Mansion is the stereotypical witness who testified against a criminal who was convicted - and who that criminal is going to get even with at some point.

3599 Unnamed Threatened Prosecutor

This figure in The Mansion is a hypothetical character: the stereotypical prosecuting attorney whom a convicted criminal is going to get even with whenever he's released from prison.

3598 Unnamed Threatened Judge

This figure in The Mansion is a hypothetical character, the stereotypical 'judge' whom condemned men threaten to take revenge against.

3597 Unnamed Teenage Girls

There are a "considerable" number of "fourteen- and fifteen-year-old girls" in The Mansion who admire Skeets Magowan as he makes sodas at the drugstore (208).

3596 Unnamed Supplier

In The Mansion this man provides "the beer and the laundry" for Miss Reba's brothel, but continuously tries to cheat her (81).

3772 Unnamed Spanish Loyalists

In The Mansion Linda and Kohl fight alongside the "Loyalists" in the Spanish Civil War. The Loyalists included many volunteers from other countries as well as Spanish men and women, fighting for the Republic against Francisco Franco and his fascist supporters.

3595 Unnamed Small Boys

In The Mansion these "small boys" trespass onto Meadowfill's property to raid his "few sorry untended fruit trees" (362).

3594 Unnamed Servers at Wedding Reception

At the wedding reception in Kohl's studio apartment in The Mansion, Ratliff notes the "two waiters dodging in and out with trays of glasses of champagne," but adds that "three or four" of the guests were "helping too" (191).

3593 Unnamed School Principal

This school principal in The Mansion recommends that Tug Nightingale "quit" school after he got "almost as far as the fourth grade" (202).

3592 Unnamed Chief of Police in San Diego

In The Mansion the Parchman warden shows Mink a telegram from the Chief of Police in San Diego giving information about Stillwell's death.

3591 Unnamed Drummers 5

Walking through the Square in The Mansion, Mink sees the "drummers sitting in leather chairs along the sidewalk" in front of the Holston House (37). A 'drummer' was a traveling salesman.

3590 Unnamed Russian Poet

In The Mansion when Linda Snopes Kohl tells the Mallisons "about the people" in the Spanish Civil War, she includes "a Russian poet that was going to be better than Pushkin only he got himself killed" (241). It's not clear whom Faulkner has in mind, if he has a real poet in mind at all, but since the other two writers Linda mentions - Hemingway and Malraux - are historical figures who were in Spain, he may mean Frederico Garcia Lorca, the Spanish poet who was killed fighting for the Republicans in that war.

3589 Unnamed Boy Who Owns Rifle

The narrator of The Mansion speculates that Meadowfill might have "haggled or browbeat" a young boy for his .22 rifle (370).

3588 Unnamed British Aviator

The "RFC captain" in World War I who, according to Uncle Gavin in The Mansion, was so young and had "such a record" that the British government sent him home before the end of the war so that "he might at least be present on the day of his civilian majority" - i.e. the day he turned twenty-one (232). (The Royal Flying Corps was the original name of the RAF, the better-known Royal Air Force.)

3587 Unnamed Residents of Memphis

The various residents of Memphis who are mentioned in The Mansion include the people who, "forty-four and -five and -six years ago" (i.e. around the beginning of the 20th century), stood on the levee or "along the bluff" over the river to watch the grand river steamboats being loaded and unloaded (315). This group also includes the various crowds that Mink meets throughout the city.

3586 Unnamed Mississippi Legislators 2

These 121 Mississippi Representatives are the political colleagues of Clarence Snopes in The Mansion. With him included there are 122 total members of the House, which is a historically accurate number. Clarence addresses these men soon after assuming office.

3585 Unnamed New York Registrar

As The Mansion notes, the registrar in New York's city hall records marriages in the city - like the one between Linda Snopes and Barton Kohl.

3584 Unnamed Reformist Sheriffs

The reference to this character|these characters in The Mansion is a good example of how hard it is to create data entries for many of the inhabitants of Faulkner's imaginative world. As part of the novel's description of Jake Wattman's moonshine operation, the narrator refers to the "recurrent new reform-administration sheriff" in Yoknapatawpha who hopes to raid it (244). "Sheriff" is singular. "Recurrent," however, suggests more than one sheriff.

3583 Unnamed Guests at Wedding Reception

Ratliff identifies most of the guests at the Kohls' wedding reception in The Mansion as "poets and painters and sculptors and musicians" (191), but seems to think the man who recognizes the necktie he is wearing as an "Allanova" must be "a haberdasher taking Saturday evening off" (192).

3582 Ratcliffe Family

According to The Mansion's account of how a Russian fighting for the British as a German mercenary during the Revolutionary War became the founder of the Ratliff family in Yoknapatawpha, the name first belonged to a farm family in Virginia. Some time after Nelly Ratcliffe begins secretly feeding Vladimir Kyrilytch, she "brings him out where her folks could see him" (184). Some time after that, her "ma or paw or brothers or whoever it was, maybe jest a neighbor," noticed that she was pregnant, "and so" Nelly and this first V.K. were married, using her last name (184).

3581 Unnamed Prisoner

In The Mansion this prisoner is being transported to Parchman from Greenville.

3580 Unnamed Parchman Guard

"Turnkey" is a colloquial term for jailor; this "turnkey" is the official at Parchman in The Mansion who opens the gate for Mink's release (423).

3579 Unnamed Parchman Doctor

In The Mansion Mink turns to "the prison doctor" for an explanation of how deafness works (454).

3578 Unnamed Preachers

The ministers in Jefferson, all of whom are Protestants, resent Eula for her open infidelity. Later in The Mansion, however, the town's "white ministers" cannot find a reason to "go on record against" Linda Snopes Kohl's work as a Sunday school teacher at "one of the Negro churches" (254).

3577 Unnamed Prisoners of War

These are the other captured U.S. and Allied servicemen in The Mansion with whom Charles Mallison is confined in a German "POW camp at Limbourg" during the Second World War (323).

3576 Unnamed Voters at Picnic

Will Varner's picnic is attended by "every voter and candidate in forty miles that owned a pickup or could bum a ride in one or even a span of mules" (348). The Mansion takes for granted the fact that "every voter" is white.

3575 Unnamed People in Reba's Neighborhood

The Mansion mentions "all the neighborhood" around Miss Reba's in Memphis, but the people it lists in that category are not really neighbors, since they are all there on business: "the cop, the boy that brought the milk and collected for the paper, and the people on the laundry truck" (80).

3574 Unnamed Pawnbrokers

These two men run the pawn shop that sells Mink a gun in The Mansion. They are described as being "blue-jowled as pirates" (320).

3573 Unnamed Pascagoula Lawyer

In The Mansion Gavin Stevens knows the lawyer in Pascagoula who sets Linda up with an apartment.

3572 Unnamed Parchman Trusties

These "dozen trusties" in the Parchman penitentiary are not described in any detail in The Mansion (74), but "trusty" is the generic term for prison inmates who can be trusted to help the authorities administer the institution. They are typically given (minor) privileges and allowed (limited) freedoms that other inmates aren't. Montgomery Ward Snopes assumes Flem could bribe one of them to kill Mink for "ten grand" - ten thousand dollars (74).

3571 Unnamed Parchman Trusty

This is the "trusty" who leads Mink out of the state penitentiary in The Mansion; he is in Parchman as a "lifer" who "killed his wife with a ball peen hammer" but according to the Warden "was converted and received salvation in jail" (423) - which explains why he would have been made a trusty, that is, a prisoner entrusted by the authorities with various kinds of responsibilities.

3570 Unnamed Parchman Inmates 2

"They were picking the cotton now" (100) - after Mink has been released from the penitentiary, this is how in The Mansion he thinks about the inmates who remain in Parchman's, most of whom work as field hands on the farm around the prison.

3569 Unnamed Painters

As a symptom of the post-war building- and baby-boom, these house painters can barely finish up their job before eager veterans move into Eula Acres in The Mansion.

3568 Unnamed Original Settlers of Yoknapatawpha

The Mansion refers to "Yoknapatawpha County's three original settlers" (421) but only gives one of them a name: Alexander Holston (he has his own Character entry). In other Yoknapatawpha fictions this group always includes Samuel Habersham, sometimes along with his (unnamed) son; in "Hand Upon the Waters," the group includes an ancestor of Gavin Stevens as one of the three.

3567 Unnamed Movie-Goers 5

In his wanderings around Jefferson at the start of The Mansion Mink notices "the couples, young men and girls and old people and children," "all moving in one direction" (36). Their destination is the town's earliest version of the movies - the "Airdome" (36).

3566 Unnamed Old People

While some "old people" are included in the group in The Mansion that goes to the movie in Jefferson ("couples, young men and girls and old people," 36), this entry represents the "old people" that the narrative specifically identifies, who "didn't go to the picture show" but instead sit in their rocking chairs (38).

3565 Unnamed Oil Company Agent

In The Mansion this unnamed "purchasing agent" of the unnamed oil company comes to Jefferson looking for a place to put a gas station (369); he offers to buy land from Res Snopes and Meadowfill.

3564 Unnamed Boys

In The Mansion Charles describes how "the five-year-old Jeffersonians like I was then" (199) and the "eight- and nine- and ten-year old males" (200) regarded the men returning from in World War I with their "wound- and service-stripes" and "medal ribbons" (200).

3563 Unnamed Newspaper Reporters

These "young fellers from the paper" who report the story of Mink Snopes' attempted prison break in The Mansion repeatedly ask him what his real name is, since "Mink" is "jest a nickname" (98).

3562 Unnamed Newspaper Boy

In The Mansion this boy "delivers the Memphis and Jackson papers" in Jefferson (371). The town speculates that Meadowfill pays him to "bait his orchard at night," in order to attract Res Snopes' hog (371).

3561 Unnamed New York Couple

In The Mansion this unnamed "newspaper man" and his partner - "a young couple about the same age as them" (191) - are going to occupy Barton and Linda's apartment once they leave for Spain.

3560 Unnamed Family of Meadowfill's Neighbor

These are the family members in The Mansion who sell Meadowfill the wheelchair that belonged to the dead woman who was their relative and his neighbor.

3559 Unnamed Neighbors of Houston

Houston's neighbors in The Mansion "didn't dare knock on his door anymore" after his wife died (8).

3558 Unnamed Neighbors of Goodyhay

The character named Dad in The Mansion speculates that "the rest of the folks in the neighborhood" of Goodyhay's unconventional church won't "put up with no such as this" (300). He assumes they will object to Goodyhay's congregation of ex-soldiers and their families as "a passel of free-loading government-subsidised ex-drafted sons of bitches" who want to do "something" politically radical about the American status quo (300).

3557 Unnamed Husband of Flem's Neighbor

The husband of the "neighbor, a woman" makes an odd parenthetical appearance in The Mansion when someone scrawls a racist protest against Linda Snopes' reform efforts on the sidewalk in front of Flem's house: the woman scrubs out the scrawl because "nobody" was going to deface "the sidewalk of the street she (and her husband of course) lived and owned property on" (251).

3556 Unnamed Neighbor of Meadowfill

In The Mansion this "paralytic old lady" lived near Meadowfill's; she is mentioned in the story because after her death, he buys her "wheel chair" from her family (362).

3555 Unnamed Neighbor of Flem

After someone opposed to Linda Snopes' attempt to improve black lives in Jefferson writes a racist epithet on the sidewalk in front of Flem's house in The Mansion (250), this neighbor "viciously, angrily" uses a broom to "obscure" the words (251) - not, the narrative notes, because she shares "Linda's impossible dream," but "because she lived on this street" (251).

3554 Unnamed Negro Yard Man|Chauffeur

This is the black man who works for Flem Snopes in The Mansion. In his narrative Ratliff calls him both the "yard boy" (172) and "the yard man" (173), "that Negro yard man" (182); given Ratliff's dialect and the white Southern use of "boy" to keep black men in the place that segregation defines for them, it's safe to say this "boy" is in fact a "man." In addition to his work around and outside Flem's mansion, he drives Flem's car "now and then" (172), though Ratliff notes that "he never had no white coat and showfer's [i.e. chauffeur's] cap" (174).

3553 Unnamed Son of Negro Congregant

Albert tells Mink that this son of the black woman who worships with the white members of Goodyhay's congregation "had it too just like the rest" (305). The Mansion explains what "it" is when Albert adds "even if they didn't put his name on the same side of the monument" with the whites: "it" seems to be that her son was killed fighting during World War II (305).

3552 Unnamed Negro Witness 3

In The Mansion this unnamed Negro reports to Ratliff about seeing Mink Snopes making his way back to town.

3551 Unnamed Negro Trainman

In The Mansion Mink watches this Negro, who strikes him as "uppity," got off the train and put down a footstool so passengers can disembark (38).

3550 Unnamed Negro Teachers

After returning from Spain in The Mansion, Linda Snopes Kohl begins going into "the Negro grammar and high school" to try to improve conditions for "the pupils" (246). The black teachers in the school (along with their students) are described as "startled" and "perhaps alarmed" by her presence (246). Linda's plan would "send" these same black teachers "North to white schools where they will be accepted and trained as white teachers are" - meanwhile replacing them in the school in Jefferson with white teachers (250).

3549 Unnamed Negro Teacher

In The Mansion this "senior woman teacher" in Jefferson's Negro school seconds the principal as he tries to explain to Linda Snopes Kohl why her plan to improve education for blacks is misguided (247).

3548 Unnamed Negro Sunday School Students

After Linda surrenders her attempt to improve Jefferson's black schools in The Mansion, she meets with "a class of small children each Sunday at one of the Negro churches" (254).

3547 Unnamed Negro Student

The first time that Linda goes into "the Negro grammar and high school" in The Mansion (246), this "alarmed messenger" is sent to tell the principal (247).

3546 Unnamed Negro Store Manager|Owner

While he's in Memphis in The Mansion, Mink goes into a "dingy store" where he sees a "Negro man" who seems to be "running it" and "maybe he even owned it": after all his time in prison Mink wonders if "the new laws" mean a black man "could even own a store" (319).

3545 Unnamed Negro Stevedores

The river in Memphis that Mink remembers in The Mansion was lined with "chanting stevedores" loading the riverboats (315).

3544 Unnamed Negro Army Soldier 3

In The Mansion this man was "bred up on an Arkansas plantation" before becoming a American soldier during World War II (306). He is "new" to the Army when his commander leaves him in a foxhole near the Japanese enemy somewhere in Malaya; before he can be relieved or reinforced, he is killed and beheaded (306).

3543 Unnamed Negro Schoolchildren

After returning from Spain in The Mansion, Linda Snopes Kohl begins going into "the Negro grammar and high school" to try to improve conditions for "the pupils" (246). Like their teachers, these children are described as "startled" and "perhaps alarmed" by her presence (246).

3542 Unnamed Negro Railroad Porters and Waiters

Mink Snopes remembers these men near the end of The Mansion, when he recalls the "New Orleans-bound passenger train" that he had seen "thirty-eight or forty-years ago" at the station in Jefferson and the "uppity impudent" Negro porters and Negro waiters he could see through the windows of the cars (445). Using a term that seems reserved for blacks in the Jim Crow South, Mink thinks of them as "uppity" on principle - presumably because they are on the train and he is not.

3541 Unnamed Negro Railroad Fireman

Mink sees the fireman "crouched dim and high above the hissing steam" beside the engineer as a night train pulls into the Jefferson station in The Mansion (39). In this context, the 'fireman' is a man who keeps train's boiler hot by shoveling coal into its firebox. The text itself provides no further information him, but given the historical patterns of the segregated South and the 'firemen' who appear elsewhere in Faulkner's fictions, it seems safe to assume the man Mink sees is a Negro.

3540 Unnamed Negro Principal

The principal of Jefferson's Negro school in The Mansion is a "college-bred man" and, according to Gavin Stevens, a person "of intelligence and devotion too" (247). In his role as narrator of Chapter 9, Charles Mallison seconds Gavin's words, describing the principal as an "intelligent dedicated man with [a] composed and tragic face" (248). Along with the school's "senior woman teacher," he tries to explain to Linda Snopes Kohl why her plan to improve education for blacks is misguided (247).

3539 Unnamed Negro Cotton Pickers 2

This group consists of the "girls" and "young men" - "probably the neighbors swapping the work" - who are helping to pick the unnamed Negro farmer's cotton in The Mansion (438).

3537 Unnamed Children of Negro Cotton Farmer

The cotton farmer with whom Mink briefly stays in The Mansion has five children between the ages of "five or six and twelve" (438). All five work with their parents picking cotton. Only one is individuated by the narrative: the "oldest girl" (440), who is the "twelve-year-old" and who helps her mother prepare supper (441).

3536 Unnamed Negro Wife of Cotton Farmer

The wife of the cotton farmer in The Mansion works with him and the whole family picking cotton, and then, with her daughter, she prepares supper according to the etiquette of Jim Crow - that is, first she serves the meal for Mink Snopes to eat alone, and then "the meal for the family" (440).

3535 Unnamed Negro Cotton Farmer

In The Mansion this cotton farmer allows Mink to work and stay the night at his place. As a Negro he expresses himself carefully when talking with the white Mink, but he clearly has doubts about the story Mink has told him about himself.

3534 Unnamed Negro Carriage Driver 4

In The Mansion this "Negro coachman" drives the young Melisandre Backus "in a victoria" (217). (This revises the way Faulkner represented Melisandre and her father's life in "Knight's Gambit"; there, although he's a planter, Mr. Backus uses a "barefoot" field hand rather than a domestic servant to drive his daughter, and a 'victoria' carriage is much more elegant than anything Backus would own, 245.)

3533 Jakeleg Wattman

In The Mansion Wattleg is a moonshiner who sells his whisky out of a "little unpainted store" near Wylie's Crossing that he can take apart and move to avoid the law (244).

3532 Unnamed Negro at Jakeleg Wattman's

In The Mansion the Negro who works for Jakeleg Wattman fetching liquor bottles to the customers wears "the flopping hip boots Jakeleg had worn last year" (245).

3531 Unnamed Memphis Mayor

In The Mansion the "Mayor" of Memphis is an acquaintance of Gavin Stevens's Harvard friend, who promises to seek his help in the attempt to locate Mink Snopes (426).

3530 Unnamed Memphis Commissioner 2

The Memphis "Commissioner" in The Mansion is an acquaintance of Gavin Stevens's Harvard friend (426). Gavin's friend enlists his help in the attempt to locate Mink Snopes. Presumably he's the Commissioner of Police, though that isn't made explicit.

3529 Unnamed Members of the Sartoris Rifles

In The Mansion, when the U.S. enters the First World War Mack Lendon organizes a company of soldiers "to be known as the Sartoris Rifles in honor of the original Colonel Sartoris" (204). The only two members of the unit who are named are Lendon himself and Tug Nightingale. The company ships out "to Texas for training" (207).

3528 Unnamed Members of the Communist Party

In The Mansion the F.B.I. agent who interrogate Stevens about Linda Snopes Kohl's activities mentions the people in the United States who are "Communist members and agents"; included in this group are "Jewish sculptors and Columbia professors" as well as "important people" (261).

3527 Unnamed Members of Jehovah's Shareholders

In The Mansion, "Jehovah's Shareholders" is the name of a religious sect inside Parchman's Penitentiary (111). According to the novel's narrator, it was "headed by self-ordained leaders who had reached prison through a curiously consistent pattern: by the conviction of crimes peculiar to the middle class, to respectability, originating in domesticity or anyway uxoriousness" (111).

3526 Unnamed Army Sergeant 2

During Manfred de Spain's campaign for Mayor in The Mansion, his opponents start a rumor that he got the scar on his face from "a Missouri sergeant with a axe in a crap game" instead of from an enemy soldier while in Cuba during the Spanish-American War (142).

3525 Unnamed Army Sergeant 1

According to the highly fictionalized if not entirely false account Strutterbuck provides about his experience in World War I in The Mansion, his hopes of getting the job driving General Pershing were thwarted by "a Sergeant Somebody, I forget his name" (84).

3524 Unnamed Marine

In The Mansion Dad mentions this "mama's boy" when he tells Mink about Goodyhay's experiences during World War II. According to him, during a landing on a Japanese-held island, this Marine got "scared or tangled up in something" while under attack and had to be rescued by Goodyhay (295).

3523 Unnamed Mail Clerk

In his speculations in The Mansion about the source of the anonymous letter accusing Linda of being a Communist, Gavin imagines and then dismisses this "mail clerk" at Parchman as a possible source of information, assuming anyone in that position would probably not be very competent at keeping track of the mail (269).

3522 Unnamed Landowner

This man owns the land on which Goodyhay wants to build his "chapel" in The Mansion; he has "changed his mind," or, Albert speculates, had it changed for him by "the bank that holds the mortgage" or maybe "the American Legion" (303).

3521 Unnamed Landlords

The "landlord" Mink thinks about in The Mansion while serving his prison sentence in Parchman is a composite figure, made up of the various property owners who over the years have hired and fired him and his family as tenant farmers (102).

3520 Unnamed Kin of Mink Snopes' Wife

In The Mansion Mink's wife Yetti goes back to her "people" after he is sent to jail (104). (Faulkner seems to have forgotten the biography he created in The Hamlet for the woman whom Mink marries and brings to Yoknapatawpha; if you take that earlier account into account, it's extremely difficult to imagine who her "people" might be. See the entry for Yettie Snopes in this index.)

3519 Unnamed Grand Jury Foreman 2

The foreman of the "Grand Jury" that found Mink guilty in The Mansion is in later life "a hale (hence still quick) eighty-five"; he runs "a small electric-driven corn-mill" but also spends a lot of time "hunting and fishing with Uncle Ike McCaslin" (407). (Faulkner may have meant "jury," because Grand Juries of course prepare indictments, but don't deliver verdicts.)

3518 Unnamed Foreign Correspondents

In The Mansion three foreign correspondents for the newspapers are among Linda and Barton's wedding guests; they are the last to leave the party.

3517 Unnamed Jefferson Cops

These are "the cops" in The Mansion who put out the burning cross in front of 'The Mansion,' i.e. the house where Linda Snopes Kohl lives with her father (252). The narrative says they were "outraged and seething of course, but helpless" - what they are outraged at, however, seems to be the fact that the house belongs to "THE banker" (252). (Faulkner usually identifies the police in Yoknapatawpha as sheriffs, deputies and marshals, but the term 'police' becomes more common in his later fictions; this use of the term 'cops' is even rarer.)

3516 Unnamed Negroes in Jefferson 2

Jefferson's African-American population appears in The Mansion indirectly, in several narrative references to them as a group and from several different political perspectives. On his trip into Jefferson at the beginning of the novel, for example, Mink walks through a "section [of] all Negro homes" (38) between the Square and the railroad depot; his thoughts seem to include the actual 'Negroes' who live in these homes, though no people come clearly into focus.

3515 Unnamed Japanese Troops

In The Mansion these Japanese troops attack the retreating group of Americans as well as "Aussies, British, French from Indo-China" somewhere in "Malaya" at the start of the Second World War (305). They are never seen, but readers hear them "chirping" in the dark just beyond a line of American foxholes. Their "English" is the stereotypical dialect that once was spoken by Asians in (white) American popular culture: "Maline" (i.e. Marine), "Tonigh youdigh" (306).

3514 Unnamed Young Girl

Ratliff hypothesizes in The Mansion that one of the young men in Frenchman's Bend might "persuade" a young girl on a Wednesday night to go "off into the bushes before her paw or maw noticed she was missing" (134).

3513 Unnamed Wife of Gavin Stevens

According to Charles in The Mansion, Ratliff expects that "some woman" will come along one day and marry Gavin Stevens, after deciding that he is "dependable enough at last for steady work in place of merely an occasional chore" (215).

3512 Unnamed White Soldier

Clarence Snopes invents this soldier as part of his smear campaign against Devries in The Mansion, spreading the rumor that during the war Devries chose to save the Negro soldier and left this white one to die (345).

3511 Unnamed Doctor in Veterans Hospital

In The Mansion, as part of his cover story about spending a year in the "Govment Vetruns Hospital" in Memphis, Mink claims that a doctor there told him walking was good for him, and that's why he is "on the road instead of the train" (439).

3510 Unnamed Telegram Delivery Boy 4

Ratliff speculates in The Mansion that Stevens sits around and waits for this imagined telegraph boy to bring him news of Linda Snopes.

3509 Unnamed Spies 2

According to Gavin's musings in The Mansion, Jason's behavior might make one "almost believe" that he had spies in both "the Japanese Diet" and "the U.S. Cabinet too," as he seems to have advance knowledge of the coming war and the air training field that would be built in Jefferson (356). ("Diet" in this context is the name of the legislative branch of the Japanese government.)

3508 Unnamed Spies 1

In The Mansion Ratliff speculates that Flem has "spies" that watch Montgomery Ward's business. He imagines them as children, moreover, "since any little child hired with a ice cream cone" would suit Flem's needs (62).

3507 Unnamed Sheriff 14

After his experience with crime and punishment, the first time Mink buys a "soft drink" in The Mansion he imagines a sheriff will "come for him" if he takes the change from his purchase (287).

3506 Unnamed Negro at Blackwater Slough

Trying to buy ammunition to kill Houston in The Mansion, Mink claims that this unnamed black man saw a bear's footprint at Blackwater Slough.

3505 Unnamed Murderer

In The Mansion Mink imagines that someone else will kill Flem before he can.

3504 Unnamed Husband of Linda

In The Mansion The question of Linda Snopes' romantic future is answered several times, at least hypothetically, by the 'husbands' that Ratliff and Gavin imagine she'll marry some day. In the first such musing, Ratliff describes how Stevens imagines that Linda will leave Jefferson and marry "the first strange young man that happens by" (153). On another occasion, Ratliff and Stevens together speculate about whether Linda has already met her future husband during her first two or three days in the "Grinnich Village" (169).

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