In "Shall Not Perish," William Faulkner tells the story of how two families grieve after receiving word that their sons were killed in World War II. Mother's family takes one day to grieve because they have a farm to run that they need to focus on so it will continue to outlive them. They then receive word that another boy was killed, Major de Spain's son.
Mother and the narrating boy go to visit Major de Spain, who is struggling with his grief. When they arrive, they find him standing at the end of a table with a
Confederate flag spread over it and the photograph of Major de Spain's son and the open box with the medal in it and a big blue automatic pistol weighting down the flag.
Mother recognizes that Major de Spain may kill himself over the grief, and she advises him to just weep as she takes the pistol away until she can calm him down.
"Shall Not Perish" was William Faulkner's
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