Site of Bayard's Second Accident (Location Key)


The scene of the car accident where young Bayard is surprised by the sudden appearance of another vehicle and old Bayard Sartoris suffers a fatal heart attack is described first in Flags in the Dust as a sharp curve on the valley road, but three decades later, in The Town, as just over a hill. The other vehicle is a Ford in the first instance, and a wagon carrying a Negro family in the second. Flags locates the spot close enough to the Jefferson cemetery for the grand statue of Colonel John Sartoris - the father and great-grandfather of these two Bayards - to loom over the scene. None of the other three texts which refer to the accident include that resonant detail.

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