Uncle Robert

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Robert, Uncle
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The man whom the narrator of "Uncle Willy" calls "Uncle Robert" (239) is presumably his biological uncle, the brother of his "Papa" or "Mamma" - although given the other "Uncle" in the story (i.e. Willy, who is not related to the narrator), and the way Southern culture often uses the term ceremonially with white as well as black men, it's hard to be certain of that. Uncle Robert's one mention in the story, when he makes the ironic observation that no one who can manage to "sell Jefferson real estate for cash" could possibly be "crazy" (239), makes him sound similar to someone like Gavin Stevens, who is the biological and sardonic uncle of Charles Mallison, Faulkner's most frequently deployed boy-narrator.

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