Absalom, Absalom!: Chapter 4

Setting: still the Compson front porch. "It was still not dark enough for Quentin to start." At the beginning of the chapter Mr. Compson comes out of the house carrying the letter that Bon sent Judith who gave it to his (Mr. Compson's) mother in 1864. Near the very end of the chapter Quentin reads it (pp. 102-105). In between, the narrative is Mr. Compson's voice (now back inside quotation marks, as in Chapter 2). In the last paragraph of the chapter Mr. Compson's voice breaks off and, inside parentheses, we get Quentin's thoughts: "It seemed to Quentin that he could actually see them [i.e. Henry and Bon at the gate to Sutpen's Hundred] . . ." (pp. 105-06).

BEFORE
1859
Bon "marries" an octoroon woman in New Orleans
80, 94
1859
CHRISTMAS
Henry brings Bon to Sutpen's Hundred for a two-week visit
"in Ellen's mind" Bon and Judith become engaged
81, 82
1860
SPRING
Ellen and Judith shop for Judith's trousseau
82
1860
JUNE
Supten leaves home, two weeks later Henry brings Bon home for "a day or two"
82
1860
CHRISTMAS EVE
Sutpen forbids Judith's marriage to Bon
72
1860
CHRISTMAS DAY
Henry rides with Bon to New Orleans
72
1861
in New Orleans Bon introduces Henry to the conventions of interracial concubinage
Bon and Henry enlist in a company formed at the University
Bon becomes a lieutenant, Henry remains a private
72, 97, 98
1862
Henry saves wounded Bon at the battle of Pittsburgh Landing
Supten (promoted to Colonel) brings marble headstone for Ellen's grave
98, 100
1865
Bon writes Judith to say "we have waited long enough" to marry
Judith and Clytie "begin at once to fashion a wedding dress out of rags"
Henry shoots Bon outside Sutpen's mansion
on his dead body Judith finds a photograph of "the other woman and the child"
they are an "octoroon mistress" and "a sixteenth part negro son"
Judith buries Bon next to her mother, and gives his letter to Quentin's grandmother
102, 71, 75, 80, 81, 100
1909
SEPTEMBER
Mr. Compson gives Quentin letter from Bon to Judith
71

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