Unnamed Justice of the Peace 10

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In both the short story "By the People" and the novel The Mansion this is the unnamed Justice of the Peace in Frenchman's Bend whom Will Varner orders to make Clarence Snopes a constable. (The office of justice of the peace derives from traditional British legal practice, where justices belonged to the landed gentry. In Mississippi the office is an elected one. While there is no reason to assume Faulkner's imaginative conception of the office is faithful to reality, at present in Mississippi there are 197 Justices who serve in 82 local justice courts, which have jurisdiction over some misdemeanors and other minor criminal and civil cases. In Faulkner's fictions there are 11 unnamed "justices of the peace." It's possible that Faulkner imagined two or more of them as a recurring character, but since the texts provide no textual evidence of that, we create separate entries for each of them.)