Drovers' Tavern (Location Key)


Many of the men in the mob outside Sutpen's wedding are "stock traders and hostlers and such" from "the drovers' tavern on the edge of town" (39). The novel does not specify which "edge," but the "stock traders" here are trading livestock and a "drover" is someone who moves animals or freight from one place to another, so we locate this tavern on the Memphis side of Jefferson. This tavern only appears in Absalom! Sutpen and Ellen marry in 1838. The state of Mississippi banned the sale of alcohol in 1908, before national Prohibition, and so there aren't any Jefferson taverns in the majority of Yoknapatawpha fictions - though there is plenty of alcohol consumption, of course.

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