Starkville, Mississippi (Location Key)

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Starkville, Mississippi, is home to Mississippi State University. Faulkner never mentions this university by name, but it is the instate rival of the University of Mississippi, and so presumably, the site of the baseball game against the rival school that Temple Drake never sees in Sanctuary - a part of her story that is referred to again in Requiem for a Nun, though again without naming the "other college" (100). Mississippi State has an "agricultural college," which in The Hamlet is where Hoake McCarron spends a year "without even matriculating" (151). The novel doesn't give this "college" a name, and Hoake's his behavior during the 17 months he spends there suggests that he was not particularly interested in anything the college had to teach. But we speculate the school he did not-attend is in Starkville as a way to put a spot on our map. After the McCallum family decides to stop growing cotton, Buddy McCallum's twin sons "went off a year to the agricultural college to learn right about whiteface cattle" (57). In "The Tall Men," on the other hand, Buddy McCallum's twin sons "went off a year to the agricultural college to learn right about whiteface cattle" (57). Neither story gives the college a name, but since Mississippi State University has a College of Agriculture, in both cases we use its hometown, Starkville, as a way to put a spot on our map.

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