A Faulkner Glossary
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Gant, Miss Zilphia:
Gary, Doctor: A
doctor who served in a French hospital during World War I, and later in Charlestown,
Georgia, who examined Donald Mahon
in Soldiers' Pay. Small, dapper, and bald, he
is mentioned as one of Cecily
Gayoso Feed Co.: A
Memphis feed company mentioned in "The Tall
Men" where Buddy MacCallum
instructed the twins Anse and Lucius
to leave the truck when they went to Memphis to enlist in the army because
the draft board investigator had
signed out a warrant for their arrest for failing to register for the draft.
Gayoso Hotel: A
fancy hotel in Memphis. During the Civil War, twenty years earlier, Ike
McCaslin's father, Buck,
as a member of Colonel
Sartoris' cavalry under Forrest's
command, rode into the lobby "where the Yankee officers sat in the
leather chairs spitting into the tall bright cuspidors and then out again,
scot-free" in Go Down, Moses ("The
Bear"). Ike McCaslin thought about this story as he and Boon
Hogganbeck were going to Memphis to get more whisky for Major
de Spain and the others back at the hunting camp. It is mentioned also
Gibson, Dilsey: Wife
to Roskus, mother of Versh,
Frony, and T.P., and
grandmother of Luster. She was a cook
and servant in the home of Jason
Compson III in The Sound and the Fury.
Though she is not the narrator, the fourth section of that novel is
sometimes known as "Dilsey's section" because she figures so
prominently in it. Wise and caring, long suffering and often berated, she
was the only person in the novel who recognized the inevitable doom that
would befall the Compson family — "I seed de beginnin, en now I sees
de endin." In the appendix to
the novel, Faulkner describes Dilsey and her family with the single
statement, "They endured."
Daughter of Roskus and Dilsey
Gibson in The Sound and the Fury. She
married around 1910, and her son Luster
was born several years later. Her name is a corruption of "Euphronia."
In the appendix to The
Sound and the Fury, Faulkner says she "married a pullman porter
and went to St Louis to live and later moved back to Memphis to make a home
for her mother since Dilsey refused to go further than that." She
appears also in "That Evening Sun."
Gibson, Roskus (Rocius):
Husband to Dilsey in The
Sound and the Fury. The date of his death is uncertain, though it
was probably in the 1920s. He appears also in "A
Gibson, T.P.: Son
of Roskus and Dilsey
Gibson, who also drove for the family of Jason
Compson III and took care of his idiot son, Benjy,
in The Sound and the Fury. In the appendix
to the novel, Faulkner says he "wore on Memphis's Beale Street the fine
bright cheap intransigent clothes manufactured specifically for him by the
owners of Chicago and New York sweatshops." He appears also in "That
Gibson, Versh: Oldest
son of Roskus and Dilsey
Gibson, who took care of Benjy
Compson in The Sound and the Fury when
Benjy was three or four years old. His name is probably a corruption of
"Virgil." He appears also in "That
Gihon County: A
county in northwestern Alabama, about 100 miles from Jefferson,
where Dennison Hawk's
plantation, Hawkhurst, is located in The
Gillespie (As I Lay
Dying): A farmer in As I Lay Dying
who made the mistake of letting Anse
Bundren and his family stay with him one night during the Bundrens'
journey to Jefferson. During the
night, Anse's son Darl set fire to
the barn where Addie's coffin was
in order to end the family's horrible funeral procession.
Gillespie, Mack: Gillespie's
son in As I Lay Dying. He helped lead the
livestock to safety when the barn was on fire.
Also called "Yaphank." An Army private who with Margaret
Powers accompanied the dying soldier Donald
Mahon home and continued to take care of him in Soldiers'
Pay. Outwardly gruff, he nonetheless took diligent care of Mahon in
his final days and fell in love with Margaret, only to miss his last
opportunity to be with her when her train left without him.
Glasgow: A small
town in Crossman County,
mentioned in Intruder in the Dust.
Gombault, Uncle Pete: A
U.S. Marshal in Yoknapatawpha County.
In "The Tall Men" he taught Mr.
Pearson, the draft board investigator from Jackson, about how country
people like the MacCallums feel
about governmental intrusion upon their lives. He appears also in Requiem
for a Nun and The Town.
Goodwin, Mrs. Lee: See La
Goodwin (?), Pap:
Brother Joe C.:
Gowrie, N. B.
Ulysses S.: (April 27, 1822-July 23, 1885)
Green, Captain: A
Georgia businessman who raised a company of men from Charlestown
and received a commission from the governor in Soldiers'
Pay. He was a friend of Madden,
whom he made a sergeant. Green was killed in World War I.
family name in the Frenchman's Bend
region, according to Gavin Stevens
in Intruder in the Dust.
Grenier County: A
neighboring county to Yoknapatawpha
County, where Mr. Harris lived,
according to The Hamlet. A court trial
following the burning of Mr. Harris' barn by Ab
Snopes occurs in "Barn Burning,"
but the setting is not mentioned.
Grenier, Louis: (?-1837)
A French architect and dilettante who came, around 1800, with Doctor
Samuel Habersham and Alexander
Holston to the settlement which would later become Jefferson.
He bought land in the southeastern part of Yoknapatawpha
County and established the first cotton plantation and had the first
slaves in that part of the state. His slaves straightened a nearly ten-mile
stretch of the Yoknapatawpha
River to prevent flooding, according to The
Hamlet. His house later became known as the Old
Frenchman's Place, and the small settlement as Frenchman's
Bend. His last descendant was known as Lonnie
Grinnup, a feeble-minded man in his middle thirties sometime around the
first quarter of the twentieth century, although his real name was the same
as that of his first Yoknapatawpha County ancestor. Louis Grenier appears in
Requiem for a Nun and is referred to in Intruder
in the Dust, "Hand Upon
the Waters," The Town, and The
Reivers. In addition, a Grenier
Weddel appears in The Town.
Grimm, Eustace: A
tenant farmer and Ab Snopes' nephew,
who appeared in Frenchman's Bend
shortly after V. K. Ratliff, Odum
Bookwright, and Henry Armstid
found gold coins on the Old
Frenchman's Place. His presence worried Ratliff, and thinking Grimm may
have been about to purchase the estate, Ratliff bought it. Later, upon
finding no more coins, Ratliff believed Grimm was part of Flem
Snopes' scheme to sell the worthless estate. Grimm appears also in As
I Lay Dying to deliver the two mules for which Anse
Bundren traded Jewel's horse.
Grinnup, Dan: A
descendent of Louis Grenier who, when he was
not too drunk, drove the livery stable hack to meet the incoming trains in The
Grinnup, Lonnie: A
feeble-minded man in his middle thirties and the sole surviving descendent
of Louis Grenier, one of the original three
settlers in Jefferson. Lonnie
drowned, and it was discovered that he was murdered. He appears in "Hand
Upon the Waters" (in Knight’s Gambit,
and is referred to in Intruders in the Dust
and (though not by name) in The Reivers.
Sutpen's mare in "Wash" whose
newborn colt Sutpen compared to his own daughter by Milly
Jones. Griselda seems to be the same mare known as "Penelope"
in Absalom, Absalom!.
Grotto Café: A
Memphis prohibition-era bar, owned by Joe
and frequented by bootlegger Popeye in Sanctuary.
After Popeye killed Red, Joe sponsored
Red's funeral in the bar, complete with dance band, liquor, and mourners.
"Major": The leader of a group of fifty or sixty renegades
called "Grumby's Independents" which in The
Unvanquished rode around the countryside after the last Yankee
regiment had left Mississippi "raiding smokehouses and stables, and
houses where they were sure there were no men, tearing up beds and floors
and walls, frightening white women and torturing Negroes to find where money
or silver was hidden." Caught once for their crimes, they were released
when Grumby produced a "raiding commission" (possibly altered)
signed by General
Forrest. Through Ab Snopes, Rosa
Millard arranged to meet Grumby in order to sell him horses, but she was
killed as a result. Her grandson Bayard
Sartoris and Ringo hunted him down
(initially accompanied by Uncle
Buck McCaslin) and killed him for revenge; they then nailed his body to
the hut where Rosa was killed and nailed his severed hand to her wooden
grave marker. Grumby appears also in The Hamlet.
Grummet: A Mottstown
hardware-store owner who sold ten cents worth of cement for a cast on Cash
Bundren's broken leg in As I Lay Dying.