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Absalom, Absalom! Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 5 Summary

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Chapter 5 Summary

Rosa remembers the summer after Bon's first Christmas visit to Jefferson, when she was fourteen. Looking back, she sees this as a formative period in her growth, when she lived for a time with her sister at Sutpen's Hundred, at the same time as Ellen began to encourage her daughter to accept Bon. The old Rosa looks on this summer as a time when she began to feel that she should have been born male. She describes how she imagined Bon in detail, and invented a kind of obsession with him, having secretly gone into Judith's room to look at his picture. She explains how she fantasized that she herself was Bon's lover, as a way of providing what she felt was lacking in Judith's attitude to Bon.

According to Rosa, Sutpen's servant, Wash Jones, came to tell her what had happened at the plantation. Arriving at...

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