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Andrew]: The second person listed (after Ikkemotubbe)
in the appendix to The
Sound and the Fury, where he is called "A Great White Father
with a sword" and "An old duellist, a brawling lean fierce mangy
durable imperishable old lion who set the wellbeing of the nation above the
White House and the health of his new political party above either and above
them all set not his wife's honor but the principle that honor must be
defended whether it was or not because defended it was whether or not."
The appendix makes reference to Jackson's forced treaty with the Chickasaw
Indian tribe to cede their lands to the white settlers in Mississippi. In
"A Courtship," reference is made
to "General Jackson," with whom Issetibbeha
met and "burned sticks and signed a paper, and now a line ran through
the woods, although you could not see it ... straight as a bee's flight
among the woods, with the Plantation on one side of it, where Issetibbeha
was the Man, and America on the other side, where General Jackson was the
Thomas J. "Stonewall": (January 21, 1824-May 10, 1863)
Jake (Go Down, Moses):
Jake ("The Kingdom
The county seat of Yoknapatawpha
County and situated in almost the exact geographic center of the county,
about seventy-five miles southeast of Memphis. The town originated around
1800 as a Chickasaw Agency trading
post, the first agent at which was Doctor
Samuel Habersham; during the town's early years it was called "Habersham's"
or "Habersham." Other early white settlers in the area included Louis
Grenier (who later moved to Frenchman's
Bend and built the house later known as the Old
Frenchman's Place) and Alexander
Holston, who established the first inn in town, the Holston
House. In 1833, the community was named "Jefferson" after the
mail rider Thomas
Jefferson Pettigrew to appease him for taking the lock from his
mail-pouch to put on the door of the jail. Much of the early history of the
town is told in the first and third prose sections of Requiem
for a Nun.
The town resembles William Faulkner’s
real-life home of Oxford in several key ways: the courthouse
square, with a southward-looking statue of a Confederate soldier, the
stores located on the square, and other key locations in the fiction
resemble real-life places in Oxford. At least one difference, however, is
not present in the fiction: the University
of Mississippi is located in Oxford, but according to Faulkner,
Jefferson is located about forty miles from Oxford.
Job (Uncle): A
black employee at Earl's hardware
store, where Jason Compson
worked in The Sound and the Fury.
grandfather and father of Loosh and Simon
in The Unvanquished and "My
Grandmother Millard." In Sartoris/Flags
in the Dust, he was said to be Simon
Strother's grandfather. He was married to Louvinia.
son, who was living in grand fashion on Beale Street in Memphis in "There
Was a Queen."
Jody: A drugstore
worker in As I Lay Dying. While Skeet
MacGowan was making arrangements to meet Dewey
Dell Bundren for an "abortion," he served as lookout.
in the Dust):
Joe: In Sanctuary,
owner of the Grotto Café in
Memphis, where he hosted Red's funeral
following his murder by Popeye.
Joe (Intruder in the
Joseph E.: (February 3, 1807-March 21, 1891)
Jones, Januarius: A
fellow of Latin in a small college, and a fat, satyr-like man who literally
pursued several women attempting to seduce them in Soldiers'
Jones, Melicent: The
daughter of Wash Jones in Absalom,
Absalom!. In 1853 she gave birth to a daughter, Milly,
by an unknown father. According to rumor, she ended up in a brothel in
Memphis, where she died.
Jones, Milly: (1853-August
12, 1869) The daughter of Melicent Jones and
granddaughter of Wash Jones, who cared for her
after her mother apparently wound up in a Memphis brothel. She was born at Sutpen's
Hundred. In 1869 she gave birth to a daughter fathered by Thomas
Sutpen, who spurned her when he discovered the child was not a boy. In
retaliation, Wash Jones killed Sutpen along with Milly and the baby. She
appears in Absalom, Absalom! and "Wash."
Jones, Wash: (?-August
12, 1869) A malaria-ridden poor-white squatter at Sutpen's
Hundred in Absalom, Absalom!. He arrived
in 1850 with a daughter, who in 1853 gave
birth to an illegitimate child, Milly. He
purported to take care of "Kernel
Sutpen's place" while he was away fighting in the Civil War; he
regarded Sutpen highly and believed in the end, Sutpen would treat him as an
equal. His hopes were dashed, however, when Sutpen's child with Milly was a
girl and Sutpen, desiring a male heir, spurned her, saying, "Well,
Milly, too bad you're not a mare like Penelope.
Then I could give you a decent stall in the stable." Overhearing this,
Wash Jones killed Sutpen with a scythe. Later, when he was about to be
arrested, he killed Milly and the newborn child with a butcher knife and
brought about his own death by resisting arrest. He appears also in "Wash,"
in which some details are different.
Julio: A Boston
Italian who aimed to charge Quentin
Compson with kidnapping after his little sister
followed Quentin in The Sound and the Fury.
Professor: The principal of the Jefferson
high school who called Mrs.
Compson to tell her that Quentin
(Caddy's daughter) was not
attending classes in The Sound and the Fury.