Unnamed Jailer's Daughter

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Intruder in the Dust includes a romantic vignette about the daughter of the man who was the county jailer in 1864. Struck by the appearance of a "ragged unshaven lieutenant" who is leading a defeated Confederate unit past the jail, this "young girl of that time" writes her name with a diamond in "one of the panes of the fanlight beside the door"; "six months later" they are married (49). (This story is told more fully, and shifted to the beginning of the Civil War, in Requiem for a Nun, 1951. There the daughter is named Cecelia Farmer.)