Ty Ty Walden
Ty Ty Walden, an eccentric patriarch and sage of the Walden clan. He was a prosperous Georgia cotton farmer with more than one hundred acres, two black sharecroppers, and mules. For the past fifteen years, Ty Ty has been mining for gold on his property. He has destroyed the rich land and the crop with his obsessive search for the precious metal. To ease his conscience, the owner has set aside one acre of the land and dedicated it to God and the church. He frequently moves that acre around the property, however, creating a new location whenever he wishes to dig at the old one. Ty Ty claims not only that gold exists on his land because he has been looking for it all these years but also that he is very scientific about his excavating. His search becomes even more ludicrous when it leads him to kidnap and hold an albino male in the mistaken belief that the hostage will locate the gold for him. Ty Ty loves to philosophize about life: “There was a mean trick played on us somewhere. God put us in the bodies of animals and tried to make us act like people. That was the beginning of trouble.” His two greatest joys in life are digging a new hole for the elusive gold and staring at the female members of his family, particularly when they are undressing.
Will Thompson, Ty Ty’s son-in-law, who is married to Ty Ty’s daughter Rosamond. Will and Ty Ty are much alike in outlook, philosophy, and vitality. Will likes to drink, fight, and womanize. He openly seduces his sisters-in-law, Darling Jill and the previously unobtainable Griselda. Will is not a farmer like the others but a loom-weaving mill worker who has been on strike for a year and a half. The three Walden brothers openly dislike him and derisively call him “linthead.” He is the symbolic leader of the strikers and angrily resents the American Federation of Labor’s strategy of not coming to terms with management. His fury is fueled by living in a...
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