Women in Water:
Miss Quentin Compson

from Faulkner’s The Sound & the Fury

by Savannah Schroll Guz

Ink on paper . 8″ x 12″

The idea for this ink-on-paper drawing, part of a larger series called “Women in Water,” developed while I copyedited a manuscript of critical essays analyzing William Faulkner’s The Sound & the Fury. In two of the book’s essays, scholars hypothesized, based on the said and the unsaid within the text, that Miss Quentin Compson, Caddy Compson’s illegitimate daughter, was actually the product of a secret relationship with T.P., an African American who worked for the Compson family. I began to have a very vivid image of what the daughter looked like. The fifty dollar bills floating around Miss Quentin represents some of the money, sent by her mother, that Miss Quentin reclaimed from her Uncle Jason who withheld it from her for years.

Miss Quentin, escaping her abusive Uncle Jason, the dysfunctional Compson family and striking out on her own, empowers herself to make her own way.

Art Gallery, Volume 2 Issue 5