Absalom, Absalom!: Chapter 1

Setting: the "office" inside the Coldfield house, where Rosa Coldfield has lived wearing black "for forty-three years." A third-person narrative voice sets the scene (pp. 3-9), but most of the chapter is inside quotation marks as Rosa's narrative of Sutpen's arrival and early years in Yoknapatawpha. (Pp. 7-9 include, in parentheses, a part of Quentin's conversation with his father at the Compson home later that same day.)       *

1833
JUNE
Sutpen appears in Jefferson with a "band" of slaves (25 years old)
4, 7, 11
1833-
1860
Sutpen creates "Sutpen's Hundred," then marries Ellen Coldfield
Henry, then (two years later) Judith, then (four years later) Rosa born
Sutpen races carriages to church, wrestles with his slaves
4, 10, 15, 20
1861
The Civil War begins
12
1861-
1865
During the War, Rosa's nephew and her niece's fiancé fight "in the same company"
Sutpen earns a "citation for valor" from Robert E. Lee
Ellen dies and asks her sister Rosa to "protect" her children, Judith and Henry
12, 13, 14
1865
The South surrenders, ending the Civil War
Rosa's nephew kills his sister's fiancé "on the eve of the wedding" and then vanished
6-7
1866
Rosa Coldfield begins wearing black ("for forty-three years now")
3
c1890
Quentin born ("his twenty years' heritage")
7
1809
SEPTEMBER
Rosa sends for Quentin Compson
5

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