Term IDsort ascending Vocabulary Parent Term Description
2070 Themes and Motifs Objects Boat
2069 Environment Time of Day Daytime
2068 Themes and Motifs Objects Compass
2067 Actions Perceptual Unknowable

This term is intended to refer to when a character looks at but cannot fathom what a character (or animal) is thinking. (Keyed originally to refer to Lion in "Lion.") -JBP

2066 Actions Bodily Eating breakfast
2065 Actions Emotional Intimidation
2064 Cultural Issues Clothes Driving gear
2063 Environment Olfactory Gasoline
2062 Actions Movement Crash
2061 Actions Work Mechanic
2060 Cultural Issues Progress Electrification
2059 Cultural Issues Materialism Status

Any material acquisition that signifies a marker of status. Lucius Priest buying an automobile because Colonel Sartoris had one. J. Burgers.

2058 Relationships Familial Clan
2057 Aesthetics Allusion, Biblical Moses
2056 Actions Work Banking
2055 Actions Work Livery stable
2054 Cultural Issues Hunting and Fishing Marksmanship
2053 Actions Hunting Guiding
2052 Relationships Interspecies Man-mule
2051 Themes and Motifs Time Future
2050 Environment Place Mars
2049 Environment Place Moon
2048 Actions Movement Truck
2047 Cultural Issues Modernity Changing customs
2046 Cultural Issues Land-Use Logging
2045 Environment Time of Year Hunting season
2044 Environment Place River-bottom
2043 Themes and Motifs Animals Wolf
2042 Cultural Issues Race Genealogy

Any time a character's possible racial ancestries is germane to the text. J. Burgers

2041 Relationships Ancestral Parent's great-grandparent
2040 Environment Time of Year Friday
2039 Environment Public Street
2038 Cultural Issues Law Informal arrangement

Whenever there is an arrangement between two or multiple parties that is not strictly legal, but is adhered to as law. For example, Judge Steven's arrangement with Maury Priest over the actions of Ludus and Boon in the Reivers. This won't hold up in a court of law, but is adhered to by both parties. J. Burgers

2037 Environment Place Medical practice

Any place where "doctoring" is practiced whether that is formal, as with Peabody, or more informal. JB

2036 Themes and Motifs Animals Oxen
2035 Cultural Issues Government Uncle Sam
2034 Themes and Motifs Objects Chandlier
2033 Actions Interaction, Social Greeting
2032 Aesthetics Figures of Speech Electricity
2031 Actions Emotional Amazement
2030 Themes and Motifs Recurring Tropes Solitude
2029 Actions Emotional Patience
2028 Themes and Motifs Objects Footprint
2027 Environment Place Smokehouse
2026 Environment Place Slave Quarters
2025 Themes and Motifs Character Vanity
2024 Themes and Motifs Character Ruthless
2023 Themes and Motifs Recurring Tropes Dream
2022 Themes and Motifs Character Artist
2021 Themes and Motifs Objects Windows
2020 Themes and Motifs Character Forbearance
2019 Themes and Motifs Appearance Nakedness
2018 Environment Atmospheric Crowded
2017 Aesthetics Typography/Orthography All caps
2016 Environment Place Pond
2015 Aesthetics Narrative Reconstructed
2014 Environment Public Alley
2013 Themes and Motifs Time Continuity

Any time the past is consonant with the present, or a tradition is passed on. For example, the Hampton's being Sheriffs is a historical continuity. JB

2012 Environment Place Lot
2011 Actions Interaction, Social Noblesse oblige

Any time of social contract that is maintained that relies on implied class differences. The term is a bit murky, but Faulkner refers to it explicitly and implicitly on a number of occasions. The agreement between Maury Priest and John Powell, and the remission of Miss Emily's taxes are examples. JB

2010 Environment Place Livery stable
2009 Cultural Issues Class Homelessness
2008 Actions Work Driving

When someone is driving people around for a living. JB

2007 Cultural Issues Class Declasse

Whenever a character has suffered a loss of social status, in particular those characters formerly connected with the prominent families of Jefferson. For example, Dan Grinnup who is Louis Grenier's family. J. Burgers

2006 Actions Emotional Theatricality
2005 Cultural Issues Clothes Green eyeshade
2004 Environment Place Poorhouse
2003 Themes and Motifs Body Teeth
2002 Cultural Issues Clothes Hat
2001 Cultural Issues Crime Waistcoat
2000 Cultural Issues Clothes Frock coat
1999 Themes and Motifs Money Loot
1998 Themes and Motifs Texts Deed
1997 Themes and Motifs Money Gold
1996 Actions Mental Inquiry
1995 Themes and Motifs Time Running out
1994 Themes and Motifs Values Determination
1993 Environment Place Hotel
1992 Themes and Motifs Objects Saddlebag
1991 Aesthetics Figures of Speech Clay
1990 Aesthetics Allusion, Literary Ancient Greek Chorus
1989 Aesthetics Narrative Revision
1988 Environment Auditory Bells
1987 Environment Domestic Space Sitting room
1986 Themes and Motifs Animals Fireflies
1985 Themes and Motifs Recurring Tropes Open secret

Any moment when everyone or many people in a place know something to be true, but they pretend not to know it. For example, everyone knows Linda is not Flem's child, but pretends to not know, just as everyone pretends John Powell brings his gun to work but people pretend he does not. JB

1984 Actions Interaction, Social Concealment

Any time a character hides something from his peer group or society at large. The particular instance here is John Powell concealing his pistol from the men in the livery stable.

1983 Cultural Issues Law Firearms

Any formal or informal practices regarding firearms that are functionally law, whether these practices are recognized in a court or not. For example, the assumption that no one in Maury Priest's workplace would bring a gun in the Reivers or the shop owner who refuses to sells Mink ammunition in the Mansion. This definition also includes legal violations of laws surrounding firearms. JB

1982 Themes and Motifs Recurring Tropes Belatedness
1981 Aesthetics Figures of Speech Personification
1980 Actions Physical Kicking
1979 Relationships Ancestral Great-grandparent
1978 Cultural Issues Entertainment Baseball
1977 Actions Economic Accounting

This does not merely describe the specific actions of an accountant, but any formal or informal balancing of the books be it Flem Snopes, Maury Priest, or Will Varner. JB

1976 Environment Time of Year May
1975 Aesthetics Narrative Second-person directed

Whenever the narrator of the text refers to "you" as a specific subject or auditor, as is the case with Lucius II referring to Lucius III in the Reivers. This is slightly more nuanced than storytelling, which is generic. Instead this is a narrative crafted with a particular auditor in mind.

1974 Cultural Issues Law Wanted poster

Any paraphernalia used to publicly identify a possible criminal. The example used is from The Reivers, which refers to a "Bertillon chart or a police poster" (3). JB

1973 Aesthetics Description Tableau
1972 Actions Emotional Resentment
1971 Cultural Issues Religion Piety