Europe (Location Key)


Faulkner mentions locations in Europe in many texts, sets scenes in various parts of the continent in others, and in two 'Yoknapatawpha fictions' - "Ad Astra" and "All the Dead Pilots" - sets a whole story there. But usually he identifies a more or less specific part of the continent: France, say, or Paris, or the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. This entry represents the three times he refers simply to "Europe." It's actually really two times, since the reference to Europe in both "Delta Autumn" and Go Down, Moses is the same. As the hunters drive to the Delta and one of the few surviving patches of American wilderness in Mississippi on the eve of the U.S. entry into World War II, they discuss the way the "old-world" is being engulfed by war (275, 337). Hitler is mentioned (269, 322) and Ike McCaslin reflects on the way the cotton grown on the Delta will be used by Europeans "to shoot at one another" (275, 337). The other instance occurs in "Smoke," where the "small, curiously chased brass box" that allows Gavin Stevens to solve the murder is a gift that Miss Emma Dukinfield brought her father "from Europe" (25).

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