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Waller, Mrs. Ed:
Waller, Mrs. Hamp:
Walthall, Parson: A
Methodist minister in Jefferson who
loudly opposed plans to shoot the pigeons roosting in the church's steeple
and the courthouse clock in The Sound and the Fury.
Jason Compson denounced the
minister's viewpoint, saying, "what does he care what time it is. He
pays no taxes, he doesn't have to see his money going every year to have the
courthouse clock cleaned to where it'll run."
Wardle, Mrs.: A
resident of Charlestown in Soldiers'
19th-century plantation, built about 1812 and owned by siblings Hubert
and Sophonsiba Beauchamp,
twenty-two miles (or half a day's ride) from the McCaslin
plantation in Go Down, Moses. It is located
"just over the edge of the next county" adjacent to Yoknapatawpha
County. According to Sophonsiba, it was named "after the place in
England that she said Mr. Hubert was probably the true earl of only he never
even had enough pride, not to mention energy, to take the trouble to
establish his just rights." Between 1873 and 1877, it burned, forcing
Hubert to move to the McCaslin plantation.
White, Hank: A
name muttered by a drunk on the train in Soldiers'
Pay. This may be the name of the man who tried to climb out of the
train window after his suitcase, which Joe
Gilligan had tossed out.
Whitfield, Reverend: A
preacher in Frenchman's Bend.
According to the (self-)righteous Cora
Tull in As I Lay Dying, Whitfield
"wrestled with [Addie Bundren's]
spirit, singled her out, and strove with the vanity in her mortal
heart" — which was certainly true, as he had an illicit affair with
Addie in which he impregnated her with her third child, Jewel.
When Addie was dying, he expressed guilt and resolved to confess his sin to
Addie's husband, Anse, but when he
found Addie had already died, he concluded his confession was no longer
necessary, saying "when I framed the words of my confession it was to
Anse I spoke them, even though he was not there." He served as narrator
for one section of the novel. In The Hamlet,
he is described as a "harsh, stupid, honest, superstitious and upright
minister, holder of no degrees," who suggested that to cure Ike
Snopes of his lust for a cow that the animal be slaughtered, cooked, and
fed to him. He appears also in "Tomorrow"
(Knight’s Gambit) and "Shingles
for the Lord."
Wilkie: A black
servant for Gerald Bland's
grandfather's family in The Sound and the Fury.
Professor (or Judge):
Willard: The owner
of a small house and fruit orchard near the home of Reverend Joseph
Mahon in Soldiers' Pay.
A Confederate Army officer in Absalom, Absalom!
who wrote the report about Henry
Sutpen's wound, thus informing Thomas
Sutpen where his son was stationed.
Grover Cleveland: A relative of V.
K. Ratliff who owned half-interest in the Jefferson
cafe taken over by Flem Snopes.
After Flem ousted him, he became night marshal, and after he was found out
for his connection with the dirty postcard business of Montgomery
Ward Snopes, he became the night watchman at a brickyard. He appears in The
Town and The Mansion.
A wealthy widow and social leader in Charlestown
who "believed in rights for women, as long as women would let her
dictate what was right for them." She took the wounded Donald
Mahon for an automobile ride, and because he liked music, she invited
him to a dance she gives.
Worsham, Miss Belle:
"Doc": A cotton speculator who was often in the Jefferson
telegraph office when Jason Compson
went to play the stock market in The Sound and the
Wyatt (old lady in
"A Rose for Emily"):