Memphis: Barbers' College (Location Key)


Chapter 21 of Sanctuary tells the comic tale of Virgil Snopes and Fonzo Winbush, who come to the big city of Memphis from their country lives in Yoknapatawpha to attend "the barber's college" (193). The novel never actually shows them at the school, so we have to speculate about where it is and what it's like - nor can we say how well they learn to cut hair, since all the scenes involving them take place in Memphis brothels. Their enrollment at the "barbers' college" is mentioned again in The Mansion (79), but their place in that narrative doesn't take them to the school - or out of the brothels either.

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