De Spain Sharecropper Cabin (Location Key)


This small sharecropper cabin on the De Spain plantation where Ab Snopes and his family live briefly is located at some distance from both the landlord's mansion and the barn Ab burns. The narrator of "Barn Burning" describes it as "a paintless two-room house identical almost with the dozen others" that the family had lived in during a decade of moving from place to place as tenant farmers. One of Ab's daughters proclaims that the cabin "likely ain't fit for hawgs" (9); when Ratliff retells this story in The Hamlet, it is Ab himself who says that (15). There are two beds, but three of Ab's children and his sister-in-law sleep "on pallets on the floor" (14).

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