Absalom, Absalom!: Chapter 7

Setting: the college dorm room Quentin and Shreve share. Most of this chapter is in Quentin's voice (though Shreve takes up the narrative for one paragraph, pp. 224-25). The story Quentin tells is (mostly) the story that Sutpen told his grandfather at two separate times 30 years apart: first in 1834 (while the two men are hunting down the French architect), and then in 1864 (in General Compson's office, on the one day that Sutpen has come home from fighting the War to put the tombstone on Ellen's grave). Quentin presumably heard most of the story from his father, but adds information that, he tells Shreve, his father didn't know until he (Quentin) visited Sutpen's decaying house with Rosa in September 1909 -- see p. 214.

c1808
Thomas Sutpen born in a log cabin in the mountains of western Virginia
("he did not know within a year on either side just how old he was")
179, 184
c1818
with his father and siblings, Sutpen moves east and down to Tidewater region of Virginia
his father becomes some kind of overseer on a large plantation
180, 181
c1820
Sutpen is sent by his father "to the big house with a message"
before he delivers it, he is told by a house slave "to go around to the back" door
that evening he conceives his "design" and decides to run away to the West Indies
185, 188, 192
1823
Sutpen "goes to sea"
193
1827
working as an overseer on a Haitian sugar plantation, Sutpen puts down a slave uprising
he marries the daughter of the plantation's owner
198, 204
1831
Sutpen "puts his first wife aside" because she cannot "forward his design"
he "repudiates that first wife and that child"
194, 211, 213
1834
the French architect tries to escape from Sutpen
while hunting him, Sutpen tells [General] Compson the story of his early life
177
1838
Sutpen and Mr. Coldfield pull off some shady financial deal
Coldfield refuses his share of the profits; Sutpen uses his to furnish his house
108
1859
when his son Henry comes home for Christmas, Sutpen realizes the college "friend"
  who comes with him (Charles Bon) is the son he repudiated 28 years earlier
213
1860
SUMMER
learning that Henry is bringing Bon home again, Sutpen leaves for New Orleans
216
1860
XMAS
Sutpen tells Henry he forbids the marriage between Judith and Bon
216
1862
Bon and General Compson wounded at the battle of Pittsburg Landing
217
1864
Sutpen (now a Colonel) comes home to put tombstone on Ellen's grave
visits General Compson in his office in Jefferson to tell the story of his first marriage
193
1865
Sutpen visits Henry's regimental camp and speaks to him
222
1866
Sutpen returns from the War, and "suggests what he suggests" to Rosa
224
1866-
1869
Sutpen courts Wash Jones' granddaughter Milly
226
c1868
General Compson goes out to Sutpen's and overhears Wash's talk with Sutpen
  about Milly, which ends with Wash saying he knows Sutpen "will make hit right"
227
1869
on a Sunday Milly gives birth to a girl
hearing Sutpen say "if she was a mare [he] could give her a decent stall" Wash kills him
when Major de Spain and a posse surround him, Wash murders Milly and her daughter
  then dies charging the posse with the scythe
228, 233
c1890
Quentin (in Mississippi) and Shreve (in Canada) born "within the same year"
208
1909
Quentin accompanies Rosa Coldfield to Sutpen's house
214

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