Absalom, Absalom!: Chapter 6

In this chapter (and for the rest of the novel) the setting is the Harvard dorm room that Quentin shares with Shreve, his freshman roommate from Canada. It begins with a short paragraph written in the 3rd person, then an excerpt (in italics) from Mr. Compson's letter to his son, dated Jan 10 1910. Most of the rest of the chapter is the narrative of Shreve and Quentin's voices as they talk together (it's occasionally hard to say for sure which one is speaking) and of Quentin's thoughts and he listens and reflects upon the story they're telling.

1817
Ellen Coldfield (Sutpen) born
153
1831
Charles Bon "Born in New Orleans, Louisiana"
155
1859
Charles Etienne Saint-Valery Bon born
155
1863
Ellen Coldfield Sutpen dies; Sutpen buys two marble tombstones
153
1864
Sutpen returns from War to put Ellen's tombstone over her grave
1865
Charles Bon dies "at Sutpen's Hundred, May 3. Aged 33 years and 5 months."
155
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1866
APRIL
Sutpen proposes to Rosa that they have sex & "if it was a boy they would marry"
Rosa leaves Sutpen's Hundred and begins wearing black
144
AFTER
1866
Sutpen opens up a "little crossroads store"; Wash Jones is his assistant
147
1868
Sutpen "seduces" Wash's 15-year-old granddaughter Milly
149
1869
when Milly gives birth to his child, Sutpen says--
"it's too bad you're not a mare...Then I could give you a decent stall"
Wash kills Sutpen with a "rusty scythe" and then dies "on that same Sunday"
148, 151, 152, 153
AFTER 1869
Judith sells the store and buys a tombstone with the money
152
1870
Bon's octoroon "widow" and child spend a week at Sutpen's with Judith and Clytie
157
1871
DECEMBER
learning his mother has died, Judith sends Clytie to New Orleans to "fetch" Bon's son
159
AFTER1872
Bon's son lives as "a negro" with Judith and Clytie
the town believes he is a child Sutpen fathered "on the body of his own daughter," Clytie
161, 163
1881
Bon's son arrested for fighting at "a negro ball"
Judith retains General Compson to defend him
1884
Charles Etienne Saint-Valery Bon and Judith die at Sutpen's, both of yellow fever
155, 170
c1908
while hunting quail, Quentin and his father visit the Sutpen graveyard
153
1909
SEPTEMBER
Quentin goes with Rosa out to Sutpen's house
143
1910
JANUARY
Mr. Compson writes Quentin that Rosa has died after two weeks in a coma
Quentin and Shreve begin talking about the Sutpen story
141, 142
AFTER 1869 Judith sells the store and buys a tombstone with the money
152
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