The Reivers Setting & Symbolism

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Jefferson, Mississippi

The hometown of Lucius Priest, Boon Hogganbeck, and Ned McCaslin, Jefferson symbolizes the rural South during the early 20th century. A quiet town, Jefferson is limited in technology as symbolized by the lack of motor vehicles, and represents the innocence of Lucius Priest.

The Livery

As the primary place of employment for many in the Priest and McCaslin family, the livery stable is the location Ned learned his skills with horses, as well as where Lucius himself learned to ride.

Hell Creek Bottom

Hell Creek bottom is a swampy riverbed, kept moist by a local farmer to trap travelers. The farmer then requires travelers to pay his mule plow to pull their vehicles from the muddy swamp. Ned, Boon, and Lucius find themselves stuck in the bottom, symbolizing the hardships they will face during their adventure to Memphis.

Iron Bridge

The Iron Bridge symbolizes a point...

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