George Wilkins' Still Site (Location Key)


According to Lucas Beauchamp in both "A Point of Law" and Go Down, Moses, George Wilkins set up his competing moonshine still "in that gully behind the old west field" (214, 58). A "gully" a large ditch created by running water. The adjective "old" here may mean the field is no longer planted - perhaps because of soil erosion, a severe problem in the 20th century South, though one that is not often explicitly addressed in the Yoknapatawpha fictions. Lucas' information is comically out of date in both texts: when the sheriff comes looking for the still, Lucas' daughter and George have moved it to Lucas' own cabin.

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