CHAPTER
7

I quit moving around and went to the window and drew the
curtains aside and watched them running1 for the chapel. …

… I began to listen for the chimes … the bitten shadows of
the elms flowing upon my hand. And then as I turned into the
quad the chimes did begin and I went on while the notes came
up like ripples on a pool and passed me and went on. …

—The Sound and the Fury (96, 212)

He was a strange mixture of fear and pride as he opened the
throttle wide and pushed the stick forward—fear that he would
wreck the machine landing, and pride that he was on his own at
last. He was no physical coward, his fear was that he would
show himself up before his less fortunate friends to whom he
had talked largely of spins and side slips and gliding angles.

—“Landing in Luck,” EPP (43–44)

WILLIAM FALKNER had been reading prose as well as poetry. He and Stone admired Balzac, and Falkner had written his name in his copy of the volume containing Les Chouans and A Passion in the Desert. He had read light fiction as well as serious novels. He probably knew Owen Johnson's Stover at Yale and some of the novels in Burt L. Standish's series about Frank Merriwell, many set at the university in New Haven. And of course Phil Stone had told him about Yale. It was a different school now, however, from the one Stone had first seen nearly half a dozen years earlier. The leafy elms still rose above the old brick quadrangles, but there were far fewer students to jam the Yale Bowl on a late fall afternoon for “The “Game” with Harvard, fewer freshmen and sophomores to battle in the brutal “Fence Rush,” and fewer junior fraternity men to robe themselves for processions that would call for the newly elected sophomores. The exodus had begun in the early years of the war—some volunteers in the

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  • Faulkner - A Biography *
  • Foreword ix
  • Contents xiii
  • Chapter 1 3
  • Chapter 2 11
  • Chapter 3 20
  • Chapter 4 29
  • Chapter 5 38
  • Chapter 6 43
  • Chapter 7 57
  • Chapter 8 68
  • Chapter 9 75
  • Chapter 10 85
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  • Chapter 12 104
  • Chapter 13 110
  • Chapter 14 120
  • Chapter 15 126
  • Chapter 16 136
  • Chapter 17 148
  • Chapter 18 155
  • Chapter 19 168
  • Chapter 20 172
  • Chapter 21 178
  • Chapter 22 186
  • Chapter 23 191
  • Chapter 24 203
  • Chapter 25 209
  • Chapter 26 222
  • Chapter 27 232
  • Chapter 28 242
  • Chapter 29 258
  • Chapter 30 273
  • Chapter 31 284
  • Chapter 32 297
  • Chapter 33 304
  • Chapter 34 311
  • Chapter 35 322
  • Chapter 36 328
  • Chapter 37 337
  • Chapter 38 346
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  • Chapter 40 366
  • Chapter 41 377
  • Chapter 42 384
  • Chapter 43 394
  • Chapter 44 405
  • Chapter 45 416
  • Chapter 46 426
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  • Chapter 48 441
  • Chapter 49 453
  • Chapter 50 463
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  • Chapter 54 501
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  • Chapter 60 566
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  • Chapter 63 601
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  • Chapter 67 656
  • Chapter 68 669
  • Chapter 69 682
  • Chapter 70 696
  • Chapter 71 707
  • Notes 719
  • Chronology 748
  • Genealogy 752
  • Acknowledgments 755
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