This is the text which puts "Stevenses" among the founders of Yoknapatawpha, when it identifies Gavin as descended from one of the first three white men to travel on horseback from the Carolinas, through the Cumberland Gap, and down into Mississippi, where they played key roles in turning the wilderness into civilization. Gavin's role in the modern Yoknapatawpha is to expose the man who murdered the sole remaining descendant of one of the other two founders, but the role "family" plays in this detective story, if any, remains below the surface.

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