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705 Unnamed Union Soldier 1

In "Raid" and again in The Unvanquished this is the soldier in the Union unit that raids and burns Hawkhurst who tries, unsuccessfully, to take Drusilla's horse away from her.

1254 Unnamed Union Soldier 2

In "Raid" and again in The Unvanquished this is the Union soldier among the group at the tent where Rosa Millard is taken after she almost drowns in the river who suggests taking her "to the hospital" (51, 108).

1426 Unnamed Union Soldier 3

This is the unnamed Union soldier who annoys his superior officer by laughing at Ringo's evasion of the Union lieutenant's questioning in both "The Unvanquished" and again in the chapter in The Unvanquished titled "Riposte in Tertio."

3713 Unnamed Union Soldier 4

This Union soldier in The Reivers is the "picket of Fitz-John Porter's" - i.e. a man on look-out duty as part of Porter's Union division at Gaines's Mill, Virginia - who shot and killed Grandfather Priest's father during the CIvil War (278).

1613 Unnamed Union Soldiers 1

In the story Aunt Jenny tells in Flags in the Dust about her brother Bayard's death on a cavalry raid with J.E.B. Stuart in Virginia, they ride back and forth several times through hundreds if not thousands of Union soldiers. These soldiers include "astonished picket-parties returning placidly to camp" and "fatigue parties setting forth with picks and axes and shovels" (13); they are described most vividly as "blue-clad pigmy shapes" that "plunge scattering before and beneath" the force of twenty Confederates (14).

963 Unnamed Union Soldiers 10

In both the short story and the novel titled "The Unvanquished," these are the unnamed Union soldiers attempt to intercept Rosa Millard after she takes the mules from Colonel Newberry's Union camp.

951 Unnamed Union Soldiers 11

Two of the Unvanquished stories - "The Unvanquished" (titled "Riposte in Tertio" in the novel) and "Vendee" - refer generically to the Yankee troops after they have left Mississippi: "there ain't a Yankee regiment left," says Ab Snopes in "The Unvanquished" (87, 139). He is wrong, but by the next story they have in fact all moved away to continue fighting elsewhere in the South. In "Vendee," in their absence, Uncle Buck says Grumby's viciousness makes "even the Yankees" look good in comparison (105, 169).

954 Unnamed Union Soldiers 12

The Union Army is only mentioned in The Hamlet, in the novel's reference to the groups of Union soldiers who patrolled the roads of Frenchman's Bend during the Civil War.

707 Unnamed Union Soldiers 13

This is the first of the Union units engaged by the narrative of "My Grandmother Millard": the "whole regiment of Yankee cavalry" that, according to Ab Snopes, is "half a mile down the road" from the Sartoris place (674). (A Union regiment could be as large as 1000 men.)

708 Unnamed Union Soldiers 14

This second set of Yankees described in "My Grandmother Millard" seems to be an irregular, possibly even a renegade group: the "six men in blue" who charge on horseback onto the Sartoris property (676). They are armed with a battering ram because their mission is pillage rather than combat (674). Bayard describes their "faces" as "unshaven and wan" and their demeanor as "frantically gleeful"; their slovenliness suggests a lower class background and their glee an undisciplined lust for plunder (676).

709 Unnamed Union Soldiers 15

These are the first Union troops to appear in Jefferson, according to "My Grandmother Millard": a "Yankee scouting patrol" that was apparently looking for General Compson "over a year ago" (675). That would have been before April, 1861 - implausibly early in the Civil War for Union troops to be moving through Mississippi.

710 Unnamed Union Soldiers 16

These are the Union forces serving under General Smith in "My Grandmother Millard" who retreat ignobly in the face of a charge by a much smaller Confederate unit led by Lieutenant Backhouse. It's not clear how large Smith's unit is, but it includes the "outpost" that Backhouse attacks, a "main unit," and a troop of "cavalry" who screen the retreat (692).

960 Unnamed Union Soldiers 17

As recounted in Intruder in the Dust, in 1864 these Union troops took control of Jefferson by force and "burned to rubble" the "courthouse and everything else on or in the Square" (48-49). When Requiem for a Nun refers to this same event, it calls the Union troops who did the burning a "United States military force" (37).

953 Unnamed Union Soldiers 18

This is the "United States military force" referred to in Requiem for a Nun that "burned the Square and the business district" in Jefferson during the Civil War (37).

955 Unnamed Union Soldiers 2

In Flags in the Dust and again in "Retreat" both as a short story and as a chapter in The Unvanquished, this company of Union soldiers is captured by Colonel Sartoris. In the first novel he does so single-handedly, but in the next to he has some (involuntary) help from Bayard and Ringo. In those two texts we assume this group is the "column of Yankee infantry" that earlier passes by Bayard and his father's troop hiding in the woods (30, 67).

957 Unnamed Union Soldiers 3

Specific Union troops who appear in the various stories that Will Falls and Aunt Jenny tell in Flags in the Dust have their own separate entries in the data. This entry represents the unspecified groups of Union soldiers and officers who are mentioned - often with extreme bias - in the novel. For example, the "drunken Yankee generals [who] set fire to the house your great-great-great-grandfather built" that Aunt Jenny refers to (50).

2221 Unnamed Union Soldiers 4

Although Yankee soldiers do not appear directly in Light in August, according to the account of Van Dorn's cavalry raid that Hightower tells his wife Jefferson was "a garrisoned town," meaning that Union soldiers were stationed there, and to attack it the troop with which his grandfather rode had to travel "for a hundred miles through a country where every grove and hamlet had its Yankee bivouac" (483).

2224 Unnamed Union Soldiers 5

According to "There Was a Queen," both Miss Jenny's father and her husband were killed during the Civil War, by the men whom she refers to as "them goddamn Yankees" (733).

966 Unnamed Union Soldiers 6

In both the short story "Raid" and again in the chapter in The Unvanquished titled "Raid," these "Yankees" are not seen, but their actions are represented in the text by the ruins they have left behind them. They have been destroying railroads and burning plantations across Mississippi and Alabama, including the Sartoris place and Hawkhurst.

965 Unnamed Union Soldiers 7

In "Raid" and again in The Unvanquished the group of Union soldiers who help Ringo and Bayard drag Rosa Millard and the wagon on shore after they cross the river are identified as a "Yankee patrol" (51, 108).

961 Unnamed Union Soldiers 8

While no Union troops appear directly in "Skirmish at Sartoris," either as a story or as a chapter in The Unvanquished, they are referred to at different points by Bayard, his father John, Drusilla and Ringo. Bayard notes that northeastern Mississippi "had been full of Yankees" for three years before they "burned Jefferson" and left the area at the end of 1864 (58, 188). John seems to think that if they returned they would help him and the other white men of Yoknapatawpha restore the order that had been disrupted by the War (65, 198).

952 Unnamed Union Soldiers 9

The Union Army in Absalom! is an unseen but important force. When "Yankee troops" pass near Yoknapatawpha at some point in the Civil War (66), for example, Coldfield's two Negro servants and "all of Sutpen's" slaves "follow the Yankee troops away" (67).

1465 Unnamed Union Trainmen

In an event added to "Raid" in the novel The Unvanquished, Drusilla Hawk recounts a dramatic contest, "like a meeting between two iron knights of the old time," between two trains, one manned by Confederates and the other in pursuit, manned by these Union forces (98). Drusilla labels the train itself "the Yankee one," does not describe the men who are driving it (96).

1423 Unnamed Unitarian Trader

This "trader" may be the American who buys the protagonist of "Red Leaves" after he reaches America, though that isn't specifically said (330). The narrative identifies him as "a deacon in the Unitarian church" (330). Historically there were no deacons in the Unitarian church.

1317 Unnamed United States Attorney

In "A Point of Law" and again in Go Down, Moses the "United States Attorney" who is present during Judge Gowan's hearing on the case against Lucas and George is an outsider who "moved to Jefferson only after the administration changed eight years ago" (222, 70). This probably makes him an appointee of President Franklin Roosevelt, though that is not said explicitly. He is described as both "angry-looking" (221, 70) and "angry" (222, 71). Secure in his local knowledge and authority, Judge Gowan ignores his one exasperated but uncompleted remark.

1919 Unnamed University Dean

The administrator in Sanctuary who puts Temple on academic probation "for slipping out at night," i.e. for dating on weeknights, is referred to simply as "the Dean" (57) - perhaps the Dean of Women Students.

1920 Unnamed University Men

Sanctuary provides a generic description of the male "students in the University" who date Temple on the weekends. They are characterized almost entirely in terms of their clothes - "hatless" even when outside, wearing "knickers and bright pull-overs," or at dances the formally clad "black collegiate arms" and pairs of "black sleeves" (29).

2470 Unnamed University of Mississippi Students 1

According to Absalom!, when Bon and Henry enroll at the University of Mississippi in 1859, the entire student body "numbered in two figures" (81). Included in that number are the "five or six" students, all like Henry "planters' sons," with whom Bon associates (76). It is also this small clique, presumably, who follow Bon's example and switch to the Law School.

2641 Unnamed University of Mississippi Students 2

The University of Mississippi opened in 1848, and became co-educational in 1882. According to The Hamlet, the male and female students who are there with Labove generally ignore him.

1921 Unnamed Vaudeville Singers

In Sanctuary the "male quartet" hired for Red's funeral from "a vaudeville house" brings "the older women" to tears "singing mother songs" and "Sonny Boy" "in close harmony" (247).

1614 Unnamed Venetian Glassmakers

Horace Benbow's description in Flags in the Dust of the glass-making craftsmen he saw in the caves of Venice is suitably picturesque: "At first they're just shapeless things . . . shadows on the bloody walls . . . And then a face comes out, blowing . . ." (165).

2770 Unnamed Veteran Klansman

Only one member of the Ku Klux Klan has any individual existence in "By the People" or The Mansion: a "veteran ranking Klansman" who seems to accept defeat at the hands of the "schoolteachers and editors and Sunday School superintendents" who elected Clarence Snopes as their champion (131, 333).

3385 Unnamed Veterans of World War I 1

In The Town these veterans who served in McLendon's company in the first World War return to Jefferson early in 1919, "except two dead from flu and a few in hospital," "all home again to wear their uniforms too around the Square for a while" (123).

3615 Unnamed Veterans of World War I 2

In The Mansion Charles Mallison remembers the "war heroes" who returned to Jefferson after World War I, both the "wounded" and the "unscratched ones" who wore their "divisional shoulder patches and wound- and service-stripes and medal ribbons" around town (200).

3616 Unnamed Veterans of World War II

Veterans who have returned from fighting in the Second World War are a major element of the social landscape in the second half of The Mansion. Goodyhay's unconventional congregation is made up mainly of vets, or their surviving parents and spouses; one of them wears a "barracks cap still showing where the officer's badge had been" to the church service (305). Because they know what "Devries's medal meant," veterans form an important element in the anti-Snopes coalition during the 1946 Congressional election (346).

3607 Unnamed Vicksburg Prostitute

In The Mansion Stillwell is in Parchman Penitentiary for murdering this "Vicksburg prostitute" (107).

2771 Unnamed Victims of the Ku Klux Klan

During Reconstruction, according to the Cass Edmonds' account of it in Go Down, Moses, the lynched "bodies of white and black both" hung "from lonely limbs" along the road and black men were "shot dead in polling-booths" while trying to vote - victims, still according to Cass' representation, "not so much of hate as of desperation and despair" (277).

3203 Unnamed Visitors

In Requiem for a Nun, these people are the "kin or friends or acquaintances" of the "outlanders" who move to Jefferson after World War II; they are described as visiting "from the East or North or California" on their way "to New Orleans or Florida" (196).

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.

3715 Unnamed Voyeurs

This is the group that Lucius contemptuously refers in The Reivers as the "brutal and shameless men" (155) who pay Otis a dime to watch his aunt, Miss Corrie, "pugnuckling," having sex, with paying customers (154).

1386 Unnamed Wagon Driver 1

In Light in August this good-natured man gives Lena Grove a ride from Varner's Store to Jefferson; on the outskirts of the town, they see the smoke from Joanna Burden's burning house.

1387 Unnamed Wagon Driver 2

This is the man in Light in August whom Byron meets on the road coming from Jefferson. Complaining about his "luck" because the "excitement" kept him in town longer than he wanted, he tells Byron that that "'they killed'" Christmas (442).

1385 Unnamed Wagon Driver 3

In The Hamlet this man passes by Varner's store on his wagon and greets the men there.

2566 Unnamed Wagon Driver 4

This "driver" who passes Ike Snopes on the side of the road in The Hamlet knows Ike well enough to call him by "his name," but is not otherwise described (197).

1388 Unnamed Wagon Drivers

This generic 'wagon driver' is mentioned in the summary description of the fifteen years Joe Christmas spends on "the street" (223) in Light in August. Joe's long strange trip is epitomized by all the rides that he begs on "country wagons" with the "driver of the wagon not knowing who or what the passenger was and not daring to ask" (224).

968 Unnamed Waiter 1

This waiter works in the Chicago night club at the end of Flags in the Dust. Described as having "a head like a monk's," he struggles with the woman who has stolen the drunken Harry Mitchell's diamond tiepin, though there is no way to know if his intention is to return it or to keep it for himself (388).

969 Unnamed Waiter 2

At the "confectionery-lunchroom" called the Shack in Sanctuary, the "man in a soiled apron" who brings fixings to Gowan may be the owner as well as a waiter and cook (33). Gowan calls him "Cap" (short for captain?), but since he has never been to the Shack before that is obviously a generic name.

711 Unnamed Waiter 3

The waiter at the Cloche-Clos in "Ad Astra" is "an old man in a dirty apron"; when he notices the German prisoner in the bistro, he falls "back before us, slack-jawed, with an expression of outraged unbelief, like an atheist confronted with either Christ or the devil" (411). The last we see of him is amidst the chaos of the brawl that breaks out; at its climax, Comyn is seen carrying or dragging this "ancient waiter" "beneath his arm" (424).

1843 Unnamed Waiters at the Grotto Club

Waiters appear in both scenes set in the Grotto club in Sanctuary. In Chapter 25, describing the funeral for Red, they are clearly identified as "negro waiters, in black shirts beneath starched jackets." In the previous chapter, however, the narrative describes the two waiters who place drinks in front of Temple and Popeye in more racially ambiguous terms: seen from Temple's perspective they appear as "a brown [hand] in a white sleeve, a soiled white one beneath a dirty cuff" (235). Also in Chapter 24, "a waiter" shows Temple to a private room, where Red joins her (238).

3608 Unnamed Waiters in New York

In The Mansion McCarron is meticulously attended to by two waiters at the New York restaurant.

1466 Unnamed Watchman

In The Unvanquished Bayard assumes this "watchman" or "picquet" must have been watching to report his arrival at Sartoris to the other veterans of "Father's old troop" (232); he does not actually appear in the novel.

3612 Unnamed Wedding Couples

In The Mansion there are a number of couples waiting in line to get married by the "REGISTRAR" at New York's City Hall (191).

2212 Unnamed Wedding Guests

When Nathaniel and Juana get married in Kansas, Joanna tells Christmas in Light in August, "everybody they could get word to or that heard about it, came" (250).

2040 Unnamed Whisky-Trader 1

This "whisky-trader" in "A Justice" who visits Doom's plantation "each summer" is the only white man Sam Fathers sees until he is twelve years old (346.. Presumably he trades moonshine whiskey to the Indians, in exchange for animal skins or other commodities.

2886 Unnamed Whisky-Trader 2

In "A Courtship" the "whisky-trader" who apparently makes regular visits to the Chickasaws brings the whiskey on which the tribe's young men get Log-in-the-Creek drunk (364). What he trades his whiskey for is not specified.

972 Unnamed White Boy 1

In The Sound and the Fury the boy who carries suitcases as part of Deacon's ritual way of greeting new Harvard students from the South is white. When Quentin remembers being met this way, he describes "a moving mountain of luggage" that was being carried by "a white boy of about fifteen" (97).

712 Unnamed White Boy 2

In Intruder in the Dust Lucas commissions "a white boy . . . on a mule" to carry the gallon bucket of molasses he is giving Chick into town (22).

2643 Unnamed White Hunter

When in The Hamlet Ratliff discovers a previously uncanvassed territory in Tennessee for selling sewing machines, either his imagination or the narrator's fetches a comparison from the other side of the world: Ratliff looks about him "with something of the happy surmise of the first white hunter blundering into the idyllic solitude of a virgin African vale teeming with ivory" (61). It seems worth noting that this is one of the few times Faulkner's imagination visits Africa, and also that in this imagined event no Africans are present.

3648 Unnamed White Male Citizens of Yoknapatawpha

Requiem for a Nun identifies the voters in Yoknapatawpha during the hundred years after the building of the courthouse in 1835 as "the white male citizens of the county" (37). Historically of course, a pair of Constitutional amendments gave black males the right to vote in 1870 and women the vote in 1920, but perhaps the novel is reminding us about the peculiar (unwritten) constitution of the world Faulkner is representing.

1348 Unnamed White Man 1

This man, identified in As I Lay Dying only as "the white man" (229), nearly gets into a fight with Jewel after Jewel, mistakenly believing he was the person who commented on the smell of Addie’s coffin, swears and throws a wild punch. In response, the man pulls out "an open knife" - but Darl gets him to put it up after Jewel "takes back" what he said (230).

974 Unnamed White Man 2

"Red Leaves" says that "a white man" taught Issetibbeha how to take snuff (321). It does not say anything about the man.

973 Unnamed White Man 3

In "Death Drag" this is one of the first people to arrive at the airfield after the plane appears over town. The fact that he arrives in a wagon and not a car suggests that he might be a farmer.

975 Unnamed White Man 4

In Absalom! Wash Jones recruits this person - identified only as "another white man" (121) - to help with Charles Bon's burial.

713 Unnamed White Man 5

In "A Courtship" this man is introduced in the discussion of the new laws that came into the "American" part of Mississippi after Issetibbeha and General Jackson signed a treaty. The narrator mentions "the white man [who] disappeared" under suspicious circumstances and the "uproar" that followed, which included rumors that "he had been eaten," presumably by Indians (361). The narrator is quite sure he had not been eaten, because "he had been the sort of white man which even other white men did not regret" (361), but that is all we learn about him.

976 Unnamed White Man 6

In The Reivers, this "white man" is the "blackguard" who takes advantage of Bobo's "country-bred" naivete to get him in debt, and then forces him to steal the horse named Coppermine (281).

2644 Unnamed White Man Who Shoots a Negro

For some reason that The Hamlet does not provide, this "white man" chases a Negro across the platform at a "bleak" train station and shoots him "in the body with a blunt pistol" (138).

977 Unnamed White Men 1

These characters are created by an implication in "That Evening Sun." When Mr. Compson tells Nancy that she should "just let white men alone" (295), he suggests that Mr. Stovall may not be the only white man with whom she has had sex. So by that implication, these are the other men who buy sex from Nancy.

493 Unnamed White Men 2

In "Death Drag," these two men arrive at the airfield with Mr. Black, in his car.

714 Unnamed White Men 3

These are "the white men" from whom Charles E. C-V. Bon, a "white-colored man" (167) with a "coal black" wife (166) in Absalom!, deliberately provokes a racial reaction: they refuse to believe he was "a negro," believing instead that his relationship with her proves that he was "besotted" by "sexual perversion" (167).

2039 Unnamed White Men at Steamboat

When first seen in "A Justice," these "three white men" are guarding the grounded steamboat, planning to claim it for their own; they are willing to trade it for ten of Doom's slaves (351).

1281 Unnamed White Men of Yoknapatawpha

In "Skirmish at Sartoris" and again in The Unvanquished Bayard refers to the men who work with John Sartoris to resist any effort to give voting rights to the recently emancipated slaves as "all the men in the county" and "all the other men in Jefferson" (69, 58; 204, 188). They assemble in the town square "with pistols in their pockets" (69) to prevent black men from voting, and ride out afterwards to the Sartoris place with John and Drusilla to cast their own votes in the election.

2041 Unnamed White People 1

In "A Justice" these undescribed "white people" call Sam Fathers "a Negro," as distinct from "the Negroes [who] call him a blue-gum" (343). This group may be whites who live near Sam and the Negroes on the Compson farm, or the phrase could refer to all white people who know Sam.

2214 Unnamed White People 2

Most of the time if Faulkner's narrative does not specify someone's race, it is safe to assume they are 'white,' and the majority of the characters in Light in August are 'white' too. But the "white people" this entry specifically refers to are the residents of Jefferson who live in the neighborhood next to the town's black district, whom Christmas sees during his walk on Friday evening.

1922 Unnamed White People outside Jail

After describing the convincted "negro murderer" who sings spirituals from inside the jail and the "few negroes" who "gather along the fence" to sing with him (114), Sanctuary goes on to note the "white people" who "slow and stop" to listen (115).

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).

1616 Unnamed White Soldiers

This entry represents the various unnamed white soldiers whom Caspey mentions in Flags in the Dust in his highly fictionalized account of his experiences in France during World War I. Many of them are "M.P"s, but he also refers to "white officers" and the "white boys" with whom he shares a trench about four miles behind the front lines (60).

3613 Unnamed White Teachers

These "properly-educated white teachers" appear in The Mansion as an idea: they are the teachers whom Linda Snopes Kohl wants Jefferson to hire to instruct the students who attend the town's "Negro school" (250).

715 Unnamed White Women and Children

In "Raid" and then again in The Unvanquished, these are the women and children that Bayard sees along the road who, after the Yankee troops have burned their big houses, now live in cabins that were once used by their slaves, and he and his grandmother also do at Sartoris.

1308 Unnamed Whites in Crowd

In "Go Down, Moses" and again in the chapter with that title in Go Down, Moses, the crowd that watches as the coffin carrying Samuel Beauchamp is taken off the train contains a "number of Negroes and whites both" (265, 363). The Negroes include "men and women too," but the white people there are described as "idle white men and youths and small boys"; there do not seem to be any white women among the spectators (265, 363).

3103 Unnamed Whites in Jefferson

The "white people" who live by the railroad tracks in Jefferson's "purlieus" don't live in "cabins," a word they associate with the Negroes in a nearby neighborhood - a distinction, the narrative says, they will "fight" to maintain (252-53). Their sense of insecurity suggests that their own social and economic status is not much above that of the blacks who are almost their neighbors.

2645 Unnamed Wholesaler

In The Hamlet this Memphis wholesaler provides Ratliff with his sewing machines.

3387 Unnamed Wholesalers and Brokers

In The Town these grocery distributors accept Wallstreet's commercial methods and innovations as congenial to their own.

1452 Unnamed Widow of Hill Man

In The Unvanquished this woman - even though she is dirt poor (literally, as she lives in a "dirt-floored cabin in the hills") - maintains her pride by throwing back the money John Sartoris offers her after he shot her husband (221).

506 Unnamed Wife of Baptist Minister

In "A Rose for Emily," the wife of the Baptist minister takes it upon herself to write to summon Emily's Alabama kin.

1961 Unnamed Wife of Captured German Aviator

The wife of the German prisoner in "Ad Astra" is described by her husband as "the daughter of a musician who wass peasant" (418). While he is at war, she lives in Bayreuth with their son. She keeps her husband informed by letter of significant changes in the family.

3204 Unnamed Wife of Cashier

The "childless wife" of the bank cashier who beats Nancy is only mentioned in Requiem for a Nun.

2588 Unnamed Wife of College Instructor

In The Hamlet Hoake McCarron is involved in a scandal with this wife of a "minor instructor" at the agricultural college he attends (151).

2887 Unnamed Wife of David Colbert

In "A Courtship," this woman is the great-aunt of the second cousin of Herman Basket's aunt (363). As the wife of the "chief Man of the Chickasaws" (365), she would have a lot of status. From her, Herman Basket's aunt acquires both a "silver wine pitcher" (363) and a belief in her own family's superiority.

797 Unnamed Wife of Deputy Sheriff

In "Pantaloon in Black" and again in Go Down, Moses, the wife of the deputy who narrates much of the last section of the story is described as "a stout woman, handsome once, graying now and with a neck definitely too short, who looked not harried at all but choleric" (252, 147). She is impatient with her husband, and preoccupied with her own concerns; her rapid movements between kitchen and dining room suggest her lack of interest in her husband's account of a black man's lynching.

2360 Unnamed Wife of Doctor

In "Lion," Boon Hogganbeck "busts past the doctor's wife when she opened the door" (196), demanding that the doctor go to the hunting camp to save the wounded Lion.

2552 Unnamed Wife of Farmer

In The Hamlet this woman tries to discourage her husband from pursuing Ike Snopes.

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).

1489 Unnamed Wife of Hub

She stands in the doorway of her small farm house and watches Hub, Suratt and Young Bayard as they leave to go to town in Flags in the Dust. There is apparently reproach in her look, but in her "flat country voice," she speaks only one word, "Hub" (138).

3216 Unnamed Wife of Mister Ernest

Mister Ernest's wife died of unspecified causes three years prior to the time of the narrative in "Race at Morning" - that is, a year prior to Mister Ernest adopting the narrator.

2523 Unnamed Wife of Nate

In "Hand upon the Waters" Nate's wife appears in the novel only as another voice in the darkness at their cabin, when readers hear her telling her husband to "let them white folks alone" (80) - suggesting she has more authority over Nate than Gavin Stevens does.

3489 Unnamed Wife of Parchman Trusty

In The Mansion the trusty in Parchman is a "lifer" - someone sentenced to life imprisonment - for killing "his wife with a ball peen hammer" (423). Her father has sworn to kill the man, but we don't know anything more about her.

3710 Unnamed Wife of Parsham Doctor

In The Reivers the "fat iron-gray woman in pince-nez" who opens the door at the Parsham doctor's house might be his sister, but since he mentions his marriage a few pages later it seems more likely that she is his wife (185).

2057 Unnamed Wife of Tom-Tom|Mrs. Bird

Tom-Tom's "third wife" (in "Centaur in Brass," 152) and Tom Tom Bird's "fourth wife" (in The Town, 16) is a "young woman whom he kept with the strictness of a Turk" or "strict jealous seclusion of a Turk" (152, 16) - the analogy is to the stereotype of the harem. The short story describes her as "high yellow" (i.e. light-skinned, 160); the novel just refers to her as "young" (16). In both texts, Turl seems to have no trouble seducing her.

3166 Unnamed Wild Indians and Whites

The Mississippi wilderness in Requiem for a Nun is occupied by potentially dangerous "wild Indians and wilder white men" (7). Both groups apparently live outside the region's tribal and settlement communities. The wildness of such outlaws is reflected in their treatment of inexperienced travelers: "[F]or no more than the boots on his feet, men would murder a traveler and gut him like a bear or deer or fish and fill the cavity with rocks and sink the evidence in the nearest water" (10).

3114 Unnamed Wilderness Outlaws

In "A Name for the City" and again in Requiem for a Nun, these "Natchez Trace bandits" threaten all who pass through the wilderness between Nashville and the Mississippi settlement (200, 4). Pettigrew's bravery is demonstrated as he carries the mail pouch without firearms through "a region where for no more than the boots on his feet, men would murder a traveler and gut him like a bear or deer or fish and fill the cavity with rocks and sink the evidence in the nearest water" (204, 9).