Moonshine Still in the Hills (Location Key)


After Willy Christian gets his sister to buy him a car in "Uncle Willy," he and Secretary learn to drive it "on the night trips they would make back into the hill country to buy corn whisky" (236). "Hill country" in the Yoknapatawpha fictions invariably means the area east of Jefferson, where the land was ill-suited to farming cotton. Like Mississippi in real life during Faulkner's lifetime, Yoknapatawpha was 'dry' - i.e. it was illegal to sell alcohol - so hidden stills where the poor whites who lived in the hills made and sold moonshine made from fermented corn are a regular feature of Faulkner's fictional landscape.

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