Log Drift|Coon Bridge (Location Key)


One of the locations mentioned in "Lion" is something called "a log drift" across the Tallahatchie River; it's "three miles down" (i.e. downstream) from the spot where Old Ben swims across the river and a place where some of the hunters cross over on foot to try to join the chase (194). It isn't described, but it seems that a "log drift" is a kind of natural bridge across the river. The most likely such 'bridge' would be a tree that fell on one bank that was tall enough to reach the other side, but in that case why would Faulkner use the word 'drift'? So perhaps a 'log drift' is a collection of fallen tree trunks that the current has carried to a spot where they create a literal 'log jam.' When Faulkner retells this part of the story of the bear in Go Down, Moses, he puts something else called "Coon bridge" in the same spot, again without describing it (231). The capital "C" suggests something permanent enough to have a proper name - perhaps a rude bridge made of logs somehow fixed together. In any case, we are treating it as the same location, even if Faulkner imagined differences between the 'drift' and the 'bridge.'

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