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Pronounced by inhabitants as "luh FAY et." An
actual county in north-central Mississippi, some seventy miles
south-southeast of Memphis, Tennessee,
and the real-life home of Faulkner for most of his life. Lafayette County,
its county seat of Oxford, and several
other communities in the county served as the most obvious model for the
fictional Yoknapatawpha County,
the setting for most of Faulkner’s fiction. Like Yoknapatawpha, Lafayette
County is bordered on the north by the Tallahatchie
River and on the south by the Yocona
River, which on early maps of the region was called "Yockney-patafa"
or the like and which served as the source for the fictional county name.
Lafe: The father of Dewey
Dell Bundren's unborn child in As I Lay Dying.
He gave her ten dollars to pay for an abortion.
La Marr, Ruby:
Laura, Miss: One
of Quentin Compson's
schoolteachers in Jefferson in The
Sound and the Fury.
Lawington, Miss: An
acquaintance of Cora Tull in As
I Lay Dying who advised her about getting a good breed of chickens
and told her about a possible sale for cakes which never materialized.
Lion: A dog, found by
Sam Fathers, which eventually took
on Old Ben, the bear, and won, though
at great cost. Major de Spain
at first believed the dog was too wild to tame, but Sam Fathers conditioned
the dog to tolerate humans through starvation methods. Later, Boon
Hogganbeck took over care and feeding of Lion from Sam, even allowing
Lion to sleep with him in the cabin at Major de Spain's hunting camp. When
Lion attacked Old Ben and refused to let go, Boon finished the job started
by Lion by killing the bear with his knife. Afterwards, Boon's first concern
was to get Lion to a doctor; though a doctor did tend to Lion's wounds, it
was too late: the dog died at sundown the next day.
family name in the Frenchman's Bend
region, mentioned in The Hamlet and by Gavin
Stevens in Intruder in the Dust. A man
with this name was the one-time owner of a Frenchman's
Bend boardinghouse bearing his name in The Hamlet, though he
apparently died before the novel begins. In the novel, the boardinghouse is
run by Mrs. Littlejohn, who may be his widow.
In addition, a man named Littlejohn attended Addie
Bundren's funeral in As I Lay Dying.
Littlejohn, Mrs.: The
humorless, hard-working owner of Littlejohn's Hotel, a boardinghouse, which
is where V. K. Ratliff always stayed
when he was in the area, and also where Buck
Hipps auctioned off the spotted horses.
In The Hamlet, she helped the Armstids
when Henry broke his leg, and she
looked after the idiot Ike Snopes,
who slept in her barn. She is also mentioned in Flags
in the Dust. The hotel is mentioned also in The
A lazy Indian who played the harmonica and won as a wife for himself
Herman Basket's sister
from Ikkemotubbe and David
Hogganbeck, who were competing against each other to win her hand in
Loosh (Lucius): Joby's
son and Philadelphy's husband in The
Unvanquished. Of all the blacks living on the Sartoris
plantation, Loosh was the only one who left in search of freedom during the
Civil War. He revealed the hiding place of the Sartoris silver to Union Army
soldiers and went away with them, to the utter shame of his mother, Louvinia.
He appears also in "My
Memphis mistress Jason kept in The
Sound and the Fury. She may be the same prostitute depicted in Sanctuary.
wife, mother of Philadelphy, and
grandmother of Ringo in The
Unvanquished. She served as cook for the Sartoris
family, and she helped Colonel
John Sartoris escape from the Yankees by having his boots and pistol
ready for him when he needed them. She appears also in Sartoris/Flags
in the Dust and "My
Lowe, Julian: A
young cadet in Soldiers' Pay who met Margaret
Powers aboard a train and immediately fell in love with her. Though he
departed from the novel's plot very quickly, he wrote frequent letters to
Margaret reminding her of his love.
American mentioned by Julian Lowe in Soldiers'
Pay as having been with the French military until the U.S. entered
World War I.
Luster: Born ca.
1911. Frony's son, and grandson of Roskus
and Dilsey Gibson in The
Sound and the Fury. He was the last black caretaker of Benjy
Compson, when Benjy was in his thirties. In the first section of The
Sound and the Fury, he was diligently searching for a quarter in
order to attend a traveling "show" that was in town. Characters
named Luster also appear in Absalom, Absalom!
and The Reivers.