Unnamed Slave Buyers

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When Mr. Compson describes how Charles Bon initiates Henry Sutpen into the secrets of white male upper class life in New Orleans by taking him to the place where white-featured enslaved women are sold to men who will use them for sex, he describes the "young men" whom Henry sees with a series of adjectives: "elegant," "trim," "predatory" and "(at the moment) goatlike" (89). Bon - or at least, Mr. Compson's version of Bon - later refers to this group as "the thousand, the white men" who "made, created and produced" the white-featured female slaves whom they purchase (91).