Chapter 1 Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Miss Rosa Coldfield: a minor figure in the Sutpen myth; a major narrator in the novel

Quentin Compson: the focal narrator of Absalom, Absalom!

Mr. Compson: Quentin’s father, a major narrator in Absalom, Absalom!

Thomas Sutpen: the frontiersman who founded the Sutpen clan; the patriarch around whom the novel is centered

Summary
The novel Absalom, Absalom! begins with a starkly evocative (and typically Faulknerian) scene: Miss Rosa Coldfield, an old Southern lady, and Quentin Compson, a confused young Southerner, are sitting in a dusty, airless, and timeless room, talking. Miss Rosa’s legs are so short they barely touch...

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