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T.P.: See Gibson,
River: An actual river in Lafayette County, Mississippi (where
Faulkner lived), and the northern border of Yoknapatawpha
County. According to the map
included in Absalom, Absalom!, the river runs
through a section of Issetibbeha's
Chickasaw Grant. On the banks of the Tallahatchie, Wash
Jones established a fishing camp in the mid-1800s; it was here that
Jones killed Thomas Sutpen in
1869. The fishing camp was later bought and restored by Major
Cassius de Spain.
owner of the cafe where Spoade went each
day for two cups of coffee in The Sound and the Fury.
Three Basket: An
Indian, about 60 years old, who in "Red
Leaves" came with Louis Berry
to a slave cabin to get Issetibbeha's personal
slave who was to be killed and buried with the dead chief.
Tobe: Black servant
for the Saunders family in Soldiers'
in the Dust):
Tobe ("A Rose for
A Delta resident brought to Jefferson
by Isaac McCaslin to run his
hardware store. Triplett eventually forced Isaac from the store (albeit
"gently"), though later he was forced out himself by Jason
Compson. He appears in The Mansion and The
Sound and the Fury, where he is known only as "Earl."
Tull, Cora: Wife
of Vernon Tull and a former school-teacher,
originally from Alabama. Very religious and pious (or at least she considers
herself so), in As I Lay Dying she was
critical of Addie Bundren's
sacrilege. She narrates two chapters in the novel. In The
Hamlet she is described as a "strong, full-bosomed ... woman
with an expression of grim and seething outrage." She dominated her
husband and four daughters and tried to sue Eck
Snopes for his pony's damage to her husband, but she lost because Eck
did not have a bill of sale for the pony. In The
Mansion, Mink Snopes
believed she was the woman who wrote the letter to him in the penitentiary
because Yettie Snopes (who sent
the letter to him) could not read. Cora Tull appears also in The
Hamlet and The Town.
Tull, Eula: One
of Tull's daugthers who came to visit Addie
Bundren when she is dying in As I Lay Dying.
She is fond of Darl Bundren.
Tull, Kate: Eula's
sister, fond of Jewel Bundren in As
I Lay Dying.
Tull, Odum: A
resident of Frenchman's Bend in
"Fool About a Horse."
Tull, Vernon: A
farmer and neighbor to the Bundren family
in As I Lay Dying. He helped them in their
attempt to cross the flood-swollen Yoknapatawpha
River, and later, after the attempt failed, he helped dive underwater to
retrieve Cash's tools, which were
swept away when the wagon overturned. In Sanctuary,
Ruby La Marr used his telephone to
call the sheriff when Tommy was killed. In The
Hamlet, he was injured by Eck
Snopes's pony bad enough that he was unable to work for several days,
and in "Shingles for the Lord"
he was a volunteer worker putting shingles on the church. He appears also in
The Town, The
Mansion, "The Hound," and
"Lizards in Jamshyd’s Courtyard."
[Tull's bridge]: A
bridge across the Yoknapatawpha
River near Frenchman's Bend,
so-called in As I Lay Dying, apparently
named for Vernon Tull. According to "Uncle
Billy" Varner, the bridge was built in 1888 and was first crossed
by Dr. Peabody on his to
Varner's when Jody was born. In As
I Lay Dying (c. 1930?), a severe flood swept the bridge away, and when
the Bundrens tried to cross anyway,
their mules were drowned.
Turpin, Buck: The
man to whom the circus paid ten dollars for the privilege of showing in Jefferson
in The Sound and the Fury.