Unnamed European Princesses

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These "heiresses to European thrones" appear only inside a quasi-Homeric or mock-heroic simile when the narrator of Intruder in the Dust compares Willy Ingrum, who moves to Jefferson from Beat Four, marries "a town girl," and becomes the "town marshal" to the "petty Germanic princelings [who] come down out of their Brandenburg hills to marry the heiresses to European thrones" (133). It's not clear if Faulkner is thinking of specific members of European royalty.