David Hogganbeck

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Hogganbeck, David
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The character David Hogganbeck in "A Courtship" evokes the heroes of American tall tales about the frontier. "Bigger than any two" of the Chickasaw men "put together" (366), he is a skilled steamboat pilot, an accomplished fiddle player, a formidable opponent in eating, drinking and dancing competitions, and Ikkemotubbe's chivalrous rival for the hand of Herman Basket's sister. For her love he is willing to throw off his job, and for his Indian rival he is willing to lose his life. Although the story does not say so, Faulkner himself said that he is the grandfather of Boon Hogganbeck, who appears in many of the Yoknapatawpha fictions.

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