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Miss Minnie Cooper, the supposed victim of William Faulkner's short story, "Dry September," should probably be considered the main character of this racially-charged tale of deceit and murder. There are three other major characters: the actual victim, Will Mayes; the former war hero, John McLendon; and the barber, Hawkshaw. All of them feature prominently, but most of the story revolves around the spinster Cooper and her accusation of misconduct against the African-American Mayes. Although Faulkner never specifically informs the reader whether Miss Minnie's accusation is true, we are led to believe (and most of the town believes) that it is a fabrication.
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