Mrs. Will Starnes

Character Key Number: 
1981
Display Name: 
Mrs. Will Starnes
Sort Name: 
Starnes, Mrs. Will
Ever Present in Yoknapatawpha?: 
No
Biography: 

Mrs. Starnes, mother of Sophie Starnes, becomes widowed after Will Starnes dies. He leaves her with a mortgage on the house in Division that Stribling (Hawkshaw) promises to pay off. Although the narrator refers the Starnes as "backwoods folks" (139), Mrs. Starnes believes her family's status is nonetheless superior to Stribling's (she calls him "one of these parveynoos" [140], or parvenu). When she dies, Hawkshaw buys her headstone.

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