Moonshine Still in Frenchman's Bend (Location Key)


Like the rest of Mississippi during Faulkner's lifetime, Yoknapatawpha County is 'dry' - i.e. it is illegal to sell or possess alcoholic beverages there. But apparently one of the most common uses for the corn that is grown in the hills outside Jefferson is to make moonshine whiskey in the 'stills' that are hidden in various places around the county. This is the still operated by Wilbur Provine, who supplies the residents of Frenchman's Bend. According to The Town it is "located in the creek bottom by a spring about a mile and a half from his house, with a pathway worn smooth as a ribbon and six inches deep from his back door to his spring where he had walked it twice a day for two years until they caught him" (176). In Intruder in the Dust, 'they' is Sheriff Hampton, following up a complaint. He finds the still in a place describes as "cozy and sheltered yet accessible too" (228) - cozy enough for him to have a few drinks and wake up the next morning to find a pillow under his head - and that the still has been moved while he slept.

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