Father Abraham by William Faulkner

By William Faulkner

A sale of fiery wild ponies, which be able to break out their corral once they are bought, introduce Flem Snopes, the guy at the back of the sale, to town of Frenchman's Bend.

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She did not have to work hard. Her average intelligence and her good looks assured her kind considerations from many of her teachers. Just like at home, however, she had no close friends, especially not among the girls in her classes. As a result of her eating disorder, Anita had lost the excess weight and became popular with her male classmates. Because she did not have a circle of supportive friends, she yearned for someone who would protect her and take care of her. The star of the high school football team appeared like a good candidate for the job of protector.

Nor did they help her in her relationships with men. She had learned that men had the power Life as Usual 33 to make decisions that involve others, especially women. Men also seemed remote. To get along with men, one had to please and obey them. As could be expected, Julia’s ill-fated relationships with men resulted in traumatic emotional consequences for her. Her belief in the effectiveness of punishment was again reinforced as she faced her penalties in those relationships. Finally Julia met Bob, a sincere, quiet, hardworking young man.

After 11 years of marriage, Jane separated from her husband. He begged her to come back and have another child with him. He prom- Life as Usual 39 ised that he would stop drinking. Jane, still hoping that she could be instrumental in his salvation, returned and soon became pregnant with their fourth child, another boy. All during her pregnancy her husband continued to drink. Finally, her mother and aunt together managed to get Jane’s husband out of the house. Jane found a lowpaying job and got on welfare with the four children, ranging in age from 2 to 11 years.

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