Melisandre and Philip's House (Location Key)


Sometime after the Civil War and the main events of "My Grandmother Millard," Philip and Melisandre Backus move into a house where Bayard sees "framed under glass" Granny's letter about the death of Lieutenant P. S. Backhouse (696). Philip is from Tennessee, and Melisandre from Memphis. The story does not say where the couple is living after their marriage, but a generation or two later Melisandre Backus grows up on a plantation six miles from Jefferson; her marriage to Gavin Stevens is narrated in The Mansion (1960). On that basis we have located this house in Jefferson, but it could be elsewhere in or out of Yoknapatawpha.

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