That Evening Sun Characters

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Caddy Compson

Caddy is the middle child of the three Compson children of "That Evening Sun." She likes Nancy and can sense Nancy's fear, but is too young to understand what is frightening Nancy.

Candace Compson

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Jason Compson

At age five, Jason is the youngest of the Compson children. He is quite childish, and he is also selfcentered. He keeps repeating "I ain't a nigger" to Nancy, and she is especially worried he is only concerned about such matters as whether Dilsey will make him a chocolate cake. Like his mother, Jason represents the indifference of many white people to the problems of their black employees.

Quentin Compson

Quentin narrates the story. He is nine. We see very little of his personality come out in this story; of the three children, he speaks the least. Yet we do learn that he has the most responsibility of...

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