Parker: The owner
of the restaurant where Quentin
Compson ate breakfast on the day he committed suicide in The
Sound and the Fury. Possibly, the restaurant is called
Parsham: A small
town in Tennessee where Colonel
Linscomb lived and where the horse race in The
Reivers was held. It is also called "Possum."
boy": A childhood playmate and partner of Jason
Compson in a kite-selling business until he and Jason, the treasurer,
had disagreements about finances in The Sound and the
The husband of Mrs. Patterson who, when he
discovered his wife was having an affair with Maury
Bascomb, assaulted him in The Sound and the Fury.
The neighbor woman with whom Maury
Bascomb had an affair in The Sound and the Fury.
"Uncle Maury" had sent the Compson children (Quentin,
and Benjy to deliver letters to
Dr. Lucius Quintus: An obese country doctor in Yoknapatawpha
County who appears in numerous novels, not always consistently. In Sartoris/Flags
in the Dust he was eighty-seven years old and weighed 310 pounds; he
was described as an old friend of the Sartoris
family, having served as regimental surgeon with Colonel
John Sartoris in the Civil War. In the later As
I Lay Dying, however, he is described as seventy years old and
weighing 225 pounds. In As I Lay Dying, he was summoned to Addie
Bundren's bedside too late. Later in the novel, he saved Cash's
broken leg, which Anse had
"set" with cement. In The Hamlet
he provided a bottle of whiskey to Ab
Snopes to ease the pain from being out-traded by Pat
Stamper, and in The Reivers he treated
a black girl injured by Boon
Hogganbeck. He appears also in The Sound and the
Fury (where he was 300 pounds and used to let the Compson
children ride on his buggy). A Dr. Peabody also is mentioned in Requiem
for a Nun as the successor to Dr.
Samuel Habersham. He appears also in The Town
Peabody, Dr. Lucius
Pearson, Mr.: The
draft board investigator from Jackson who came to Jefferson
to serve warrants on Anse and Lucius
McCallum for failing to register for the draft. Impatient and
self-righteous, he learned a thing or two about country people from the old
deputy marshal, Mr. Gombault, in
"The Tall Men."
John C.: (August 10, 1814-July 13, 1881)
Sutpen's mare in Absalom, Absalom!.
Sutpen's comment comparing Milly Jones,
who had just given birth to Sutpen's daughter, to Penelope — "Well,
Milly, too bad you're not a mare like Penelope. Then I could give you a
decent stall in the stable" — resulted in Sutpen's murder by Milly's
grandfather, Wash Jones.
Pete ("Once Aboard
Pete (Requiem for a
Pete (The Wild Palms):
owner of the large plantation in Virginia to which Thomas
Sutpen's family moved in 1817 and for whom Sutpen's father worked in Absalom,
Absalom!. Young Thomas' being turned away from the front door of the
plantation house inspired his "design" of one day being a rich
plantation owner himself.
Thomas Jefferson: A mail rider for whom the town of Jefferson
was named to compensate for taking the lock from his mail-pouch for the
jailhouse door. He appears in Requiem for a Nun.
(Philadelphia): Wife of Loosh in The
Unvanquished who unwillingly went with him after the Union Army in
search of freedom during the Civil War. She appears also in "My
George E.: (January 28, 1825-July 30, 1875)
Landing: A landing on the Tennessee River about 20 miles north of
Corinth, Mississippi. The landing was the Confederate name for the Battle
A twenty-four-year-old war widow who, with Joe
Gilligan, took care of wounded veteran Donald
Mahon in Soldiers' Pay. Eventually she
married him, but he died shortly thereafter. Beloved by Gilligan, she turned
down his marriage proposal because she did not have the courage to do it
again; she told him, if he were to marry her, he would be dead within a
Richard: A platoon commander in World War I who went overseas three
days after his marriage to Margaret. She
wrote him a letter telling him their marriage was a mistake, but before he
received it, he was killed by one of his own troops, Dewey
Price: Owner of a
store from which Mrs. Worthington
was seen driving in Soldiers' Pay.
Alexander: The baby brother of Lucius Priest
II ("Loosh") in The Reivers.
Alison Lessep: Wife of Maury Priest Sr.
and mother of Loosh in The
Priest, Lessep: A
younger brother of Loosh in The
Quintus, I (Grandfather; Boss): Father of Maury
Priest Sr., and grandfather of Loosh (the
narrator) in The Reivers. Though he
disapproved of automobiles, he purchased a Winton Flyer automobile to spite
a new law banning mechanically propelled vehicles on the streets of Jefferson.
Though he intended to keep it locked in his carriage house, he was convinced
by Boon Hogganbeck to use it
for short excursions. When he left town to attend a funeral, Boon, Loosh,
and a stowaway, Ned McCaslin take
the car to Memphis, where they eventually become involved in a racehorse
scheme in Parsham. When he showed up at the race, he
served as unofficial judge of the three runaways and even waged $495 of his
own money (which he lost) in a special race involving the racehorse Coppermine.
Later, he took over Loosh's punishment from Loosh's father
by pointing out to him the consequences of having to live with the lies
connected to his unapproved trip to Memphis.
Priest, Lucius II (Loosh):
(1894- ) Grandson of Boss Priest
and narrator of The Reivers, who at the age
of eleven took part in a daring excursion to Memphis with Boon
Hogganbeck and Ned McCaslin.
When his parents and grandparents left town to attend a funeral, he
accompanied Boon and a stowaway Ned in his grandfather's Winton Flyer
automobile on a trip to Memphis, particularly to Miss
Reba Rivers' brothel. He became involved in Ned's racehorse scheme
III: Grandson of Lucius Priest II
("Loosh"), to whom Loosh told the story of his trip to Memphis in The
Priest, Maury, Jr.:
A younger brother to Loosh in The
Priest, Maury, Sr.:
Father of Loosh and husband of Alison
in The Reivers.
Edmonds: Wife of Lucius Priest I
("Boss Priest") and grandmother of Loosh
in The Reivers. She was also the sister of Cass