While the Benbow house has stood in Jefferson since the 1840s, Faulkner here for the first time identifies the man who most likely built it and lived there first. "Judge Benbow" - he is given no other name - is the executor of Goodhue Coldfield's estate. He also looks out for Rosa Coldfield after the Civil War, and in return she cites him along with Quentin Compson's grandfather as a paragon of breeding and deportment (35). Chronologically the Judge could be the father of Francis Benbow, who was mentioned in Flags in the Dust, but in this novel his son - the books' only other Benbow - is named Percy.

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