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Earl: See Triplett,
Ed: A police officer in
Soldiers' Pay who attempted to arrest Gilligan
and Lowe for being drunk and rowdy
on the train.
Edmonds, Alice: Wife
of McCaslin "Cass" Edmonds, and mother
of Zachary, who taught Tennie
Beauchamp's daughter Fonsiba
"to read and write too a little" in Go
Down, Moses ("The Bear").
McCaslin (Cass): (1850- ) Great-grandson of Lucius
Quintus Carothers McCaslin, husband of Alice,
and father of Zachary. He was the cousin of Ike
McCaslin, who was sixteen years younger than him. After the death of
Ike's elderly father in
1879, he became Ike's surrogate father, taking him on Major
de Spain's annual hunts and participating in Ike's education about
woodsmanship in "The Old People" and "The Bear" sections
of Go Down, Moses. Even though he is a
descendant on the female side of the family, he inherited the McCaslin
plantation after Ike repudiated his claim at the age of twenty-one. In
"The Fire and the Hearth" section of Go Down, Moses, it is
revealed that he built a house for Lucas
Beauchamp and his wife and
"allotted Lucas a specific acreage to be farmed as he saw fit as long
as he lived or remained on the place." He appears also in The
Reivers, where he is one of three caretakers (with Major de Spain
and General Compson)
of Boon Hogganbeck, and in The
Town, where he is referred to as the father of Roth instead of his
grandfather as elsewhere.
(Roth): (March 1898- ) A bachelor, son of Zachary,
grandson of McCaslin Edmonds, and present-day
owner (in 1941) of the McCaslin
plantation in Go Down, Moses. He was nursed
and cared for in early childhood by Molly
Beauchamp after the death of his own mother.
A playmate of Lucas Beauchamp's
son Henry (who is called Roth's
"foster-brother"), at the age of seven "the old curse of his
fathers, the old haughty ancestral pride based not on any value but on an
accident of geography, stemmed not from courage and honor but from wrong and
shame, descended on him" when Roth refused to sleep in the same bed
with Henry because Henry was black and he was white.
As owner of the
McCaslin plantation, he had difficulties with Lucas, a tenant and the oldest
person on the place, because of Lucas's bootlegging and search for hidden
treasure. He interceded successfully in Lucas's affairs when Molly
threatened to divorce him because of Lucas's search for treasure. In the
"Delta Autumn" section of Go Down, Moses, he had an affair
with a woman in which she became pregnant. He refused to marry her, leaving
her only some money for Ike McCaslin
to give to her. In his conversation with her at the hunting camp, Ike
realized she was the black grand-daughter
of James Beauchamp. By
conceiving a child with her, thus, Roth perpetuated the miscegenation
compounded by incest that his great-great-great-grandfather Lucius
Quintus Carothers McCaslin had instigated by conceiving a child, Tomey's
Turl, with his daughter Tomasina.
He appears also
in Intruder in the Dust, where he is a
friend of Gavin Stevens; The
Town, in which he signed a note for Lucius
Hogganbeck to buy a Model-T Ford (and in which he is called Cass
Edmonds's son rather than his grandson); and "Race
Edmonds, Louisa: ( -1898)
Wife of Zachary "Zack" Edmonds and
mother of Roth. She died giving birth to Roth in
March 1898, and Zack immediately brought Lucas
Beauchamp's wife, Molly,
into his house to nurse and care for both Roth and Molly's own son, Henry;
according to "The Fire and the Hearth" in Go
Down, Moses, "It was as though the white woman had not only
never quitted the house, she had never existed — the object which they
buried in the orchard two days later ... a thing of no moment, unsanctified,
nothing...." Though her death figured prominently in "The Fire and
the Hearth" as the reason for Lucas Beauchamp's suspicion that Roth had
stolen Molly from him, her name is never mentioned in the novel; only in The
Reivers is her name revealed.
Edmonds, Sarah: See
Priest, Sarah Edmonds.
(Zack): (1874-ca. 1921?) Son of Cass and
Alice Edmonds and great-grandson of Lucius
Quintus Carothers McCaslin. He died sometime before 1941. Born almost at
the same time as Lucas Beauchamp,
he and Lucas were childhood playmates despite the difference in their races.
When his wife, Louisa, died giving birth to Roth,
he brought Lucas's wife, Molly,
into the plantation house to nurse Roth and her own child, Henry.
After about six months, however, Lucas came and demanded Zack return his
wife to him. She returned to Lucas's house, with both children, and when
Zack never came to retrieve his son, Lucas — filled with suspicion and
jealousy over his wife's stay in Zack's house, and denied the pleasure of
seeing him come to his house to get something — went to Zack's
house and threatened to kill him. Zack stood his ground bravely and was
nearly murdered by Lucas with his own pistol, but the gun misfired.
Elnora (or Elnore): A
mulatto servant in the home of Bayard
Sartoris, sister of Caspey,
and the daughter of Simon Strother
in Sartoris/Flags in the
Dust. She was the mother of Isom.
In "There Was a Queen," she
was Caspey's wife and mother of three:
Isom, Joby, and Saddie.
Unbeknownst to her, in "There Was a Queen" she was the daughter of
Colonel John Sartoris.
Emmy: The daughter of
a drunken housepainter whom the Reverend
Joseph Mahon took into his home after he discovered she had had an
affair with his son Donald in Soldiers'
Pay. When Donald could not recognize her upon his return, she became
distressed; nevertheless, she nursed him, even after his marriage to Margaret
Powers. Emmy was also the object of Januarius
Jones' lechery, and in a confused moment after Donald's death, she gave
in to him.
Ewell, Walter: A
member of Major de Spain's
hunting parties in the 1870s and '80s, whose rifle never missed its target.
In Go Down, Moses ("The Old
People"), he shot a yearling (or "spike") buck just before Ike
McCaslin and Sam Fathers saw
the great buck, to which Sam Fathers said, "Oleh, Chief ...
Grandfather." In The Mansion, he was a
member of the hunting party organized to kill a bear seen near Varner's
mill dam. In The Reivers, he was said to
have tried unsuccessfully to teach Boon
Hogganbeck how to shoot. He appears also in "A
Bear Hunt" and "Race at