Recurring Events

Listed here are the significant episodes in the Yoknapatawpha saga that Faulkner recounts in more than one text.

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Virginia Du Pre arrives at Sartoris

Date: 1866-1869
Summary: After her plantation home in Carolina is destroyed, Aunt Jenny travels alone to her brother's plantation in Yoknapatawpha.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (10); "There Was a Queen" (732); The Unvanquished (235)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Jenny arrives

Sartoris loses command of regiment

Date: 1862
Summary: At the end of the first year of the Civil War, the men in Sartoris' regiment vote him out of command.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (20); "Retreat"|The Unvanquished (21|52, 221); Absalom, Absalom! (100)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Sartoris deposed

Colonel Sartoris escapes Union cavalry

Date: 1862-1863
Summary: When a Yankee cavalry troop arrives at Sartoris to capture the Colonel, he finds a way to escape.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (20); "Retreat"|The Unvanquished (33|72)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Sartoris escapes Yankees

Sartoris builds railroad

Date: 1866-1877
Summary: After the Civil War John Sartoris (with one or two partners) builds the railroad that runs through Yoknapatawpha.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (22); The Unvanquished (221, 225); Requiem for a Nun (187); The Reivers (72)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Sartoris builds railroad

Colonel Sartoris' death

Date: 1876
Summary: Redlaw (later called Redmond) kills John Sartoris to avenge an electoral defeat.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (23, 396); The Unvanquished (218) ; Requiem for a Nun (187)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Colonel Sartoris killed

Burying the Sartoris silver

Date: 1862-1863
Summary: During the Civil War the Sartoris silver is buried to keep the Union troops from taking it.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (37); "Ambuscade" (6); "Retreat" (19); The Unvanquished (18); "My Grandmother Millard" (667)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Burying Sartoris silver

Young Bayard avenges Johnny's death

Date: 1918
Summary: After his twin brother is shot down over France, Bayard hunts down and destroys the German pilot who killed him.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (42); "Ad Astra" (414)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Bayard avenges Johnny

Johnny Sartoris shot down

Date: 1918
Summary: Johnny is killed flying during the Great War - as World War I was called at the time.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (43, 257); "Ad Astra" (414); "All the Dead Pilots" (521); "There Was a Queen" (735); The Town (123); The Mansion (210)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Johnny Sartoris shot down

Narcissa and the anonymous Letters

Date: 1919
Summary: Narcissa tells Aunt Jenny about the anonymous love letters she has been receiving.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (62); "There Was a Queen" (735)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Narcissa's anonymous letters

Colonel Sartoris captures Yankees

Date: 1862-1863
Summary: Accidentally coming upon a troop of Yankees, Sartoris captures them single-handedly.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (230); The Unvanquished (66)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Sartoris captures Yankees

Colonel Sartoris kills two carpetbaggers

Date: 1865-1874
Summary: When two Reconstruction agents try to help newly emancipated Negroes vote in a Yoknapatawpha election, Sartoris intimidates the former slaves at gunpoint and shoots the two white men.
TEXTS|PAGE NUMBER: Flags in the Dust (242); Light in August (53, 248); "Skirmish at Sartoris|The Unvanquished (70-71|207, 219, 222)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Negro voting

Byron Snopes robs the Sartoris bank

Date: 1914-1919
Summary: Disappointed in love, Bryon robs the bank and flees Yoknapatawpha.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (277); "There Was a Queen" (739)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Byron robs bank

Old Bayard's death

Date: 1919
Summary: Colonel John Sartoris' son dies in a car being driven by his great-grandson, another Bayard.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (326); "There Was a Queen" (736); Requiem for a Nun (190); The Town (123,149); The Mansion (150, 210)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Old Bayard's death

Young Bayard's death

Date: 1920
Summary: After fleeing Yoknapatawpha, Bayard dies in Ohio while testing an experimental airplane.
Texts: Flags in the Dust (389); "There Was a Queen" (736); The Town (125); The Mansion (210)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Young Bayard's death

Benjy's name changed

Date: 1900
Summary: Mrs. Compson changes her youngest son's name from Maury to Benjamin.
Texts: The Sound and the Fury (29, 61, 69, 88); "Appendix: Compson" (340)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Benjy's name changed

Caddy marries Herbert Head

Date: 1910
Summary: Secretly pregnant, Caddy marries a man from Indiana.
Texts: The Sound and the Fury (38, 77); "Appendix: Compson" (330, 332)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Caddy's wedding

Benjy with Burgess girl

Date: 1910-1913
Summary: Missing his sister Caddy, and finding the gate unlocked, Benjy Compson walks up to a schoolgirl "trying to say."
Texts: The Sound and the Fury (52, 253); "Appendix: Compson" (339)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Benjy accosts schoolgirl

Miss Quentin runs away

Date: 1928
Summary: Jason's niece leaves home, taking with her the money he has been hoarding.
Texts: The Sound and the Fury (73); "Appendix: Compson" (330, 335, 338, 341, 342)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Miss Quentin runs away

Quentin commits suicide

Date: 1910
Summary: At the end of his freshman year at Harvard, Quentin kills himself by drowning in the river.
Texts: The Sound and the Fury (174, 196); "Appendix: Compson" (330, 331)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Quentin's suicide

General Compson in Civil War

Date: 1862-1865
Summary: Several differing accounts of Compson's war record.
Texts: The Sound and the Fury (176); Absalom, Absalom! (217); "Appendix: Compson" (329); The Reivers (20)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>General Compson's military record

End of Caddy's marriage

Date: 1910-1911
Summary: After Caddy gives birth to her illegitimate daughter Quentin, Herbert Head throws her out.
Texts: The Sound and the Fury (196-198); "Appendix: Compson" (332); The Mansion (354)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Caddy's marriage ends

The Battle of Jefferson

Date: 1863-1864
Summary: While there is no combat inside the town itself, during the Civil War Union troops occupy Jefferson and burn the courthouse and surrounding square.
Texts: "A Rose for Emily" (119); "Vendee"|The Unvanquished (115|184); "Appendix: Compson" (329); Intruder in the Dust (49); Requiem for a Nun (37, 182); The Town (321)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Battle of Jefferson

Auction of Texas ponies

Date: 1899-1926
Summary: The men of Frenchman's Bend purchase the spotted horses that come from Texas with Flem Snopes.
Texts: As I Lay Dying (112); "Spotted Horses" (168); "Centaur in Brass" (150); The Hamlet (308); The Town (35);
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Texas horses auctioned

Ikkemotubbe becomes "Doom"

Date: 1794-1804
Summary: The displaced Frenchman De Vitry gives his ambitious friend Ikkemotubbe the nickname "Doom."
Texts: "Red Leaves" (317); "A Justice" (348); "The Old People" (202); Go Down, Moses (157); "Appendix: Compson" (325); "A Courtship" (362)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Ikkemotubbe becomes "Doom"

Doom becomes chief

Date: 1795-1817
Summary: Born outside the patriarchal line of descent, Doom (Ikkemotubbe) schemes and murders to usurp the place of chief.
Texts: "Red Leaves" (318); "A Justice" (349); "The Old People"|Go Down, Moses (202|158); "A Courtship" (363)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Doom becomes chief

Old Frenchman's arrival

Date: 1790-1838
Summary: Louis Grenier, from whom Frenchman's Bend gets its name, arrives in Yoknapatawpha and builds a huge slave plantation.
Texts: Sanctuary (110); "Lizards in Jamshyd's Courtyard" (136); "Hand upon the Waters" (70); The Hamlet (4); Intruder in the Dust (73); "A Name for the City" (202); Requiem for a Nun (6); The Town (338); The Reivers (7)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Old Frenchman's arrival

Temple leaves train

Date: 1929-1931
Summary: Temple's ordeal begins when she jumps down from the chartered train at a country station to join Gowan.
Texts: Sanctuary (36); Requiem for a Nun (100)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Temple leaves train

Gowan and Temple drive to Old Frenchman's place

Date: 1929-1931
Summary: Looking for more alcohol, Gowan and Temple drive Gowan's car to Goodwin's.
Texts: Sanctuary (37); Requiem for a Nun (108)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Driving to Goodwin's

Temple Drake at Old Frenchman's place

Date: 1929-1931
Summary: Temple's ordeal at Goodwin's occupies 10 chapters in Sanctuary. In Requiem she rehearses it in a few hundred words.
Texts: Sanctuary (41-104, 215-220); Requiem for a Nun (108)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Temple at Goodwin's

Looking upon evil

Date: 1929-1931
Summary: "There's a corruption about even looking upon evil" - in Sanctuary Horace Benbow says this; in Requiem for a Nun Temple says Gavin Stevens said it.
Texts: Sanctuary (129); Requiem for a Nun (102)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Looking upon evil

Temple at Reba's

Date: 1929-1931
Summary: Popeye takes Temple to Reba's bordello in Memphis; her life there is described in detail in Sanctuary and summed up, with variations, in Requiem.
Texts: Sanctuary (142-159, 208-221, 224-230); Requiem for a Nun (111-114)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Temple at Reba's

Temple testifying

Date: 1929-1931
Summary: After perjuring herself at Goodwin's trial, Temple is escorted away by her father and brothers.
Texts: Sanctuary (283-290); Requiem for a Nun (121)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Temple testifying

Popeye's arrest and execution

Date: 1929-1931
Summary: Popeye is arrested, tried and hanged in Alabama for a murder he did not commit.
Texts: Sanctuary (302, 309-316); Requiem for a Nun (114)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Popeye's execution

Nancy confronts white man

Date: 1909-1930
Summary: Nancy publically confronts the man who owes her money for sex; he knocks her down and kicks her.
Texts: "That Evening Sun (291); Requiem for a Nun (96)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Nancy confronts white man

Flem and Eula marry

Date: 1898-1925
Summary: Because Eula Varner is pregnant, her father marries her to Flem Snopes.
Texts: "Spotted Horses" (166); "Centaur in Brass" (149); The Hamlet (162); The Town (6); The Mansion (4, 140)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Flem and Eula marry

Cotton|Mink Snopes kills Houston

Date: 1898-1929
Summary: The Frenchman's Bend landowner Zack or Jack Houston is ambused and killed.
Texts: "The Hound" (152); The Hamlet (240); The Town (83); The Mansion (5)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Houston murdered

John Sartoris raises Yoknapatawpha regiment

Date: 1861
Summary: At the start of the Civil War, Sartoris organizes men from Yoknapatawpha into a Confederate regiment and leads them to Virginia to fight there.
Texts: "Retreat"|The Unvanquished (21|51); Absalom, Absalom! (63); Requiem for a Nun (36)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Sartoris raises regiment

Boon shoots Negro

Date: 1878-1905
Summary: Boon shoots at a Negro on the Square; in one text he hits him, in another he misses, in the third he misses the man but wounds a Negro girl.
Texts: "Lion" (189); Go Down, Moses (217); The Reivers (13)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Boon shoots Negro

Henry Sutpen kills Charles Bon

Date: 1865
Summary: Near the end of the Civil War, Henry shoots Bon at the gate at Sutpen's Hundred.
Texts: Absalom, Absalom! (6, 79, 105, 139); The Unvanquished (222)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Henry kills Bon

Sutpen arrives in Yoknapatawpha

Date: 1826-1833
Summary: Thomas Sutpen arrives with the people he has enslaved.
Texts: Absalom, Absalom! (4, 24); Requiem for a Nun (30)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Sutpen's arrival

Sutpen refuses to join night riders

Date: 1866-1870
Summary: When other white men ask Sutpen to join them in violently resisting Reconstruction, Sutpen refuses.
Texts: Absalom, Absalom! (130); The Unvanquished (222)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Sutpen rejects KKK

Sutpen recaptures the French architect

Date: 1826-1834
Summary: When the architect whom Sutpen is forcing to design his mansion and grounds runs away, Sutpen and other white men use slaves and dogs to hunt him down.
Texts: Absalom, Absalom! (207); Requiem for a Nun (32, 176)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Architect captured

Ringo whips Ab Snopes

Date: 1864
Summary: Ringo, Buck and Bayard capture and whip Ab in revenge for his role in Rosa Millard's murder.
Texts: "Vendee"|The Unvanquished (109|175); The Hamlet (32)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Ringo whips Ab

Buck and Buddy's experiment

Date: 1837-1860
Summary: After their father's death, Buck and Buddy McCaslin decide to 'reconstruct' their relationship with the slaves on their plantation.
Texts: The Unvanquished (46); Go Down, Moses (8, 248)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Buck and Buddy's experiment

Young woman scratches name on windowpane

Date: 1863-1864
Summary: A young woman - in Oxford (once) or Jefferson (twice); unnamed, or named Celia Cook, or Cecilia Farmer - uses a diamond ring to scratch her name on a windowpane.
Texts: The Unvanquished (15); Intruder in the Dust (49); Requiem for a Nun(182)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Etching name on window

Ab Snopes' war wound

Date: 1863-1865
Summary: Trying to steal horses from his own side during the Civil War, Ab was shot - by either Colonel Sartoris or a Confederate quartermaster - or perhaps hanged. Accounts differ.
Texts: "Barn Burning" (5); The Hamlet (18, 32); The Town (5, 43
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Ab's war wound

Eula's suitors ambush McCarron

Date: 1898-1907
Summary: Hoping to chase Hoake McCarron out of the county, the Frenchman's Bend men who have been courting Eula ambush him; together he and Eula drive them off, and afterwards Linda Snopes is conceived.
Texts: The Hamlet (153); The Town (105); The Mansion (135)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>McCarron ambushed

Rider in jail

Date: 1940
Summary: In his grief after his wife dies, Rider kills a white man and is arrested.
Texts: "Pantaloon in Black"|Go Down, Moses (252-255|147-152); ; Requiem for a Nun (156)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Rider in jail

De Spain creates the hunting camp

Date: 1870-1920
Summary: Major de Spain converts Sutpen's fishing camp into a hunting camp.
Texts: "Delta Autumn" (273); Go Down, Moses (181, 333); The Town (45); The Reivers (18)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>De Spain creates camp

Indian removal

Date: 1825-1850
Summary: After being forced to sign a treaty with the federal government, the Indians in Yoknapatawpha depart for land west of the Mississippi.
Texts: Go Down, Moses (245); "Appendix: Compson" (325, 326); "A Name for the City" (200); Requiem for a Nun (7, 169, 173); The Town (11)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Indian removal

First white settlers arrive

Date: 1790-1835
Summary: The first of the white men who settled in Yoknapatawpha and "built Jefferson" begin arriving; this group changes somewhat between texts, but includes Alexander Holston, Doctor Habersham and his son, Louis Grenier, and (once) a Stevens and Vladimir Kyrilytch Ratcliffe III (an ancestor of V.K. Suratt|Ratliff).
Texts: "Hand upon the Waters" (70); Intruder in the Dust (73); "A Name for the City" (202); Requiem for a Nun (6); The Town (338); The Mansion (421); The Reivers (7)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>First settlers arrive

Confederate monument unveiled

Date: 1900-1905
Summary: The monument to the Confederate soldiers in dedicated in Court Square.
Texts: Requiem for a Nun (188); The Town (118)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Confederate monument unveiled

First automobile in Jefferson

Date: 1900-1910
Summary: The earliest car in Jefferson appears in the Square.
Texts: Requiem for a Nun (190); The Town (12); The Mansion (37); The Reivers (26)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Jefferson's first car

Eula's medallion unveiled

Date: 1927
Summary: The medallion of Eula's face that Gavin Stevens and Linda Kohl imported from Italy is affixed to her monument in the cemetery.
Texts: The Town (371); The Mansion (165)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Eula's medallion unveiled

Byron's children torture a Snopes

Date: 1927-1929
Summary: The children that Byron ships to Yoknapatawpha torment Clarence (The Town) or Doris (The Mansion) Snopes.
Texts: The Town (388); The Mansion (327)
Keyword: Aesthetics>Recurring Episodes>Byron Snopes' children