Faulkner wrote the magazine version of "The Bear" after writing the longer chapter for the novel Go Down, Moses. It offers a reduced image of the family that Sam Fathers belongs to, but with only two exceptions - one clearly a case of authorial inattention, one a major revision - the story represents his parents as the novel will describe them, though the phrasing is slightly different in the story's two references to him as the "son of a slave woman and a Chickasaw chief" (282) and the "son of a Negro slave and an Indian king" (294).

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