A Faulkner Glossary
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Mac (The Sound and the
Fury): A man in the Jefferson
drugstore who talked about baseball with Jason
Compson in The Sound and the Fury.
Mrs. Virginius (1):
Mrs. Virginius (2):
Stuart: Also spelled "McCallum." Twin brother to Rafe,
son of Old Anse MacCallum. In As
I Lay Dying he was a farmer who has been trading with Samson
for twelve years, but whose first name Samson could not recall. He appears
also in Sartoris/Flags
in the Dust and "The Tall Man."
Virginius, Sr. (Old Anse):
Virginius, Jr. (Buddy):
(Shreve): Born in 1890 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He was Quentin
Compson's roommate in Absalom, Absalom!
and The Sound and the Fury (where he is
called Shreve MacKenzie). He was largely a peripheral figure in The
Sound and the Fury, but in Absalom, Absalom! he served as a
principal narrator as he and Quentin attempted to reconstruct what happened
between Charles Bon and Henry
Sutpen. According to the "Genealogy" published with Absalom,
Absalom!, Shreve attended Harvard from 1909 to 1914, served as a captain
in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, in France
from 1914 to 1918, and was currently a practising surgeon in Edmonton,
MacGowan, Skeet: A
clerk in Uncle Willy
Christian's drugstore in Jefferson
in As I Lay Dying, The
Town, and The Mansion. In As I
Lay Dying, he seduced Dewey
Dell Bundren when she came in for medicine to induce an abortion. He
also served as narrator for one chapter in the novel.
Madden, Rufus: A
sergeant in Captain Green's
company in Soldiers' Pay. Although he
witnessed Dewey Burney shooting Richard
Powers, he never told anyone.
The title character from Soldiers' Pay, a
wounded World War I aviator who returned home to Charlestown,
Georgia, badly scarred and going blind. His fiancée, Cecily
Saunders, couldn't bear to look at him, but before he died in May 1919,
he was married by Margaret Powers.
Reverend Joseph: The Episcopal rector in Charleston, Georgia, and
the father of wounded pilot Donald Mahon in Soldiers'
Pay. Big and mild-mannered, he was one of the few townspeople who
did not realize his son was going to die soon.
Margaret Stevens (Maggie):
Mame: See Confrey,
Mannie: Wife for
six months to Rider in Go
Down, Moses ("Pantaloon in Black"). Her death plunged
Rider into a deep despair which resulted in his own death.
Manuel Street: A
street in Memphis on which Miss Reba
Rivers' brothel was located in Requiem for a
Nun; it was also referred to (as where Ruby
Lamar once practiced her trade) in Sanctuary.
After Uncle Willy Christian
was bankrupted in "Uncle Willy,"
his wife returned to Manuel
Street. In The Reivers, the street is
called Catalpa Street.
Mardis, Cornelia: See Holland,
Marengo: See Ringo.
Harrison: An Atlanta man, mentioned as one of Cecily
Saunders' suitors in Soldiers' Pay
McCaslin, Fibby: See McCaslin,
Lucius Quintus Carothers:
William: (1860- ) Grandson of Lucius
Quintus Carothers McCaslin and husband of Delphine
in The Reivers. A coachman for Boss
Priest, he accompanied Boon
Hogganbeck and Loosh Priest on
their journey to Memphis in Boss Priest's Winton Flyer automobile. In
Memphis, when he sees that his cousin, Bobo
Beauchamp, is in financial trouble, he concocts a plan to rescue Bobo in
which he trades the car for a racehorse
with plans of running him in a race.
McCaslin, Phoebe (Fibby):
McCaslin, Sophonsiba (Sibbey) Beauchamp: See
Theophilus (Uncle Buck):
McEachern, Joe: The
name given to Joe Christmas upon
being adopted by Simon McEachern in Light
in August. After he attacked and probably killed his adopted father,
he rejected "McEachern" in favor of his former name.
Memphis, Tennessee: A
city in southwestern Tennessee, located along the Mississippi River just
north of the state of Mississippi border. A major city, Memphis appears
frequently in Faulkner’s fiction, always under its real name. It is featured
prominently in Sanctuary and The
Reivers, among other works.
A town to the north of Yoknapatawpha
County on Faulkner’s map
published in Absalom, Absalom!. It appears to
be modeled upon the city of Holly
Springs, a city in Marshall County, Mississippi, located about thirty
miles north of Oxford.
and Farmers Bank, The: The real name of the bank founded by Bayard
Sartoris, II. Later presidents of the bank included Manfred
de Spain and Flem Snopes. In The
Sound and the Fury, Jason
reveals that the bank had failed and is able to locate a blank check drawn
on a St. Louis bank among the "papers and junk" stored in the old
bank building. In making Bayard Sartoris, II, a founder of the bank,
Faulkner drew from his own family history, in which his grandfather, J.W.T.
Falkner, founded the First National Bank of Oxford. Unlike the fictional
bank, the First National is still in operation today. The Merchants and
Farmers bank appears in a number of Faulkner’s works, especially Sartoris/Flags
in the Dust, The Mansion and The
Merridew, Mrs.: The
most active of the good-intentioned townspeople who attempted to cure Uncle
Willy Christian of his morphine addiction in "Uncle
Willy." After he was declared bankrupt, she was named his guardian
Midnight, Arkansas: A
small town where Fonsiba
Beauchamp moved after she was married in "The
Bear" section of Go Down, Moses.
Mike: The operator of
the gymnasium where Gerald Bland
learned to box in The Sound and the Fury.
Millard, Miss Rosa
(Granny): (?-December 1864)
Miller, Mrs.: A
dressmaker in Charlestown, Georgia
who gave Emmy a job after she had left
home and before she went to live with Reverend
Mahon in Soldiers' Pay.
family name in the Frenchman's Bend
region, according to Gavin Stevens
in Intruder in the Dust.
Mink: An employee at
the livery stable in Jefferson in The
Sound and the Fury. When Caddy
Compson suddenly appeared in town and asked Jason
if she could see her infant daughter,
Jason arranged for Mink to drive the carriage past Caddy while Jason held
the baby up to the window, thus justifying to himself the $100 Caddy paid
him to "see" her child.
River: Known variably as the "Old Man," the "Father
of Waters," and "Big Muddy," the Mississippi River forms the
western border of the state of Mississippi and is a principal transportation
route for the entire middle part of the United States. The river appears
occasionally in Faulkner’s works, usually as a transportation route,
particularly for steamboats as in Absalom, Absalom!.
The great Mississippi River flood of 1927 is depicted in the "Old
Man" portions of If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem
[The Wild Palms].
Mitchell, Belle: See Benbow,
"Little" Belle Mitchell
Mitchell, Hugh: One
of the loafers about town in The Hamlet
(and "Fool About a Horse"),
to whom Ab Snopes bragged about the
"Kentucky" horse he had just won in a shrewd trade with Beasley
Kemp. Mitchell recognized the horse as one that Kemp had bought for
$8.00 the previous summer from Herman
Short, who in turn had gotten the horse five years ago by swapping a
mule and buggy to Pat Stamper.
Mitchell, Mrs.: A
resident of Charlestown, Georgia in
Mohataha: A Chickasaw
matriarch, sister of chieftain Issetibbeha
and mother of Ikkemotubbe,
according to Requiem for a Nun. After the
Chickasaw ceded their lands in Mississippi to the United States, she led her
people to Oklahoma. She is mentioned also in The
Indian and chieftain of the Chickasaw.
In "Red Leaves," he was the son
of Issetibbeha and the grandson of Ikkemotubbe;
when his father died, it was his task according to tradition to lead the
hunt for his father's escaped
body servant who was to be killed and buried with his father. Fat and
lazy, he did not look forward to this task. In "A
Courtship," Ikkemotubbe was his cousin; upon Issetibbeha's death in
this story (when Moketubbe became chieftain), he abdicated his rulership
when Ikkemotubbe's return from New Orleans resulted in the death of
Moketubbe's son two days later. He appears also in Go
Down, Moses and The Reivers.
Moseley: A Mottstown
druggist in As I Lay Dying who refused to
give Dewey Dell Bundren any
medicine to induce an abortion. He advised her to marry Lafe.
He also narrates a chapter in the novel.
Moses: A fox-hunting
dog owned by Buck and Buddy
McCaslin in Go Down, Moses (named in the
last section of "Was").
Mott County: A
neighboring county south of Yoknapatawpha
County, apparently based on the real Calhoun County in Mississippi. It
is referred to in Intruder in the Dust.
Mottson: See Mottstown.
couty seat of Okatoba County
south of Jefferson, called "Mottson"
in The Sound and the Fury and As
I Lay Dying, but "Mottstown" elsewhere. As Faulkner says
in the map published with Absalom,
Absalom!, Mottstown is where Jason
lost the trail of his niece
and where Anse Bundren had to go
in order to get his wife's body
to Jefferson for burial.
Mount Vernon: A
small settlement six miles from the MacCallum
place in Sartoris/Flags
in the Dust and As I Lay Dying.
Myrtle: Wife of Vernon
and daughter of the sheriff who was
at the sheriff's home when Jason
Compson came to seek the sheriff's assistance in tracking down his niece
who had stolen money from him in The Sound and the