Road between Jefferson and Oxford (Location Key)


The road between Oxford and Jefferson really runs between Faulkner's experience and his fiction, but it is also traveled frequently by a number of characters in that fiction. Two texts include events that are set on the road itself. Bayard drives his fast car up it to get to the "college" town in Flags in the Dust (143), and faster on the return trip to Jefferson. The road runs between and over a series of hills. Alongside the road "sparse negro cabins squat on the slopes," surrounded by "warped farmed implements," huddled in "the shiftless fashion of negroes" (145). In The Unvanquished Bayard and Ringo travel this "long road" together, riding side-by-side for forty miles to get to Sartoris from Oxford (217). Henry Sutpen and Charles Bon similarly ride together on their trips between Sutpen's Hundred and Oxford, and so on. No matter how characters travel between the two towns, Faulkner keeps secret the direction you have to take to get to Jefferson from Oxford, or vice versa.

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