By Jim Faulkner
Across the Creek, a set of affectionate recollections, provides to the typical lore approximately William Faulkner and his neighborhood. Jim Faulkner recounts tales abounding in folklore, humor, kinfolk heritage, and fictionalized historical past, and those supply an insider's view of the Faulkner family's lifestyles within the small southern city of Oxford, Mississippi.
A feel of experience and misadventure shades those own money owed. "Aunt Tee and Her Monuments" explains the secret of why town has accomplice statues. "Roasting Black Buster" tells how Faulkner's employed guy through mistake killed the prize bull for a family members fish fry. "The photograph of John and Brother Will" recounts how Phil Mullen occurred to take his renowned photo of the recognized Faulkner brother novelists—John and William—one of the few images ever taken of them together.
Here during this pleasing booklet are extra family members tales a couple of significant American writer whose lifestyles, relations, and writing have...
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We raised them to sell at a time when farmers were beginning to buy tractors that they wouldn’t need to feed through the winter. Brother Will wanted mules, so we raised mules. Early in the spring we moved out to the farm to get ready for the cattle and for the jack—named Big Shot—and the mares to raise mule colts. The row crops that we grew on the farm were to feed the cows and horses and mules—like corn and hay and peas. The families who moved there with us planted their own gardens, but we planted a big one to be sure that everybody on the place would have enough to last all summer long and still have enough to can and preserve to go through the winter, too.
John knew Brother Will would let me have that tractor and that was the reason he sent me. I didn’t want to go down to Brother Will’s house and ask him for his new tractor, but it looked like the only way to get that big yard cut in time, so I went. Brother Will’s house was about five hundred yards from ours through Brown’s pasture and a small patch of woods, but it was a good mile around by University Avenue, then to the end of Second South Street, and a short way down the Old Taylor Road to the front gate and his “Private Keep Out” sign.
Intending to knock two of our enemy out of action with one firing, we put a couple of croquet balls in the cannon. Loaded and primed, ready to be fired in defense of our clubhouse during the next battle, it sat there, its black muzzle looking out the porthole defiantly, a friend and protector to us but formidable and threatening to our enemy. On Saturday morning before the big battle that almost undid Oxford we saw another movie in which a cannon saved a fort from a big Indian attack. We met that afternoon right after dinner and climbed up into our clubhouse and arranged our rubber bands and guns so that they would be in easy reach when the fight began.