That Evening Sun Essay

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Is Nancy alive or dead in the morning? This is the "overwhelming question" raised by Faulkner's "That Evening Sun." Readers have sought an answer both outside the story and in. Malcolm Cowley thought he had found proof of Nancy's murder in a passage from The Sound and the Fury (published 1929, two years before the story) in Caddy's reference to some bones left from the time "when Nancy fell in the ditch and Roskus shot her and the buzzards came and undressed her," but Stephen Whicher shattered that claim by demonstrating convincingly that these bones belonged to a horse or pony, not a human being. Other readers have claimed proof for Nancy's survival by pointing to Requiem for a Nun (1951), Faulkner's novel written twenty years after "That Evening Sun" as a sequel to Sanctuary (1931), in which Nancy is alive and well in the employment of Gowen and Temple Drake...

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