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Addie Bundren - As the matriarch of the Bundren family Addie is the absent protagonist of the novel A former schoolteacher she married Anse Bundren after a brief courtship and bore him four children Cash Darl Dewey Dell and Vardaman As the result of an affair with Whitfield Addie is also mother to an illegitimate child Jewel At the outset of the novel Addie is gravely ill and dies soon thereafter Her dying wish to be buried with her relatives in Jefferson the capital of Yoknapatawpha County provides the impetus for the novels actionAnse Bundren - Anse the patriarch of the Bundren family is a poor farmer who feels duty-bound to honor his late wifes burial request But his unhalting ambition to deliver Addie to rest in Jefferson at any cost and despite all hardships serves to cast doubt on both his intelligence and his motives Upon finally arriving in Jefferson Anse quickly makes good on his promise to Addie and then proceeds to acquire a new set of false teeth and a second brideCash Bundren - The eldest of the Bundren children Cash is an aspiring carpenter who occupies himself with the construction of his mothers coffin during her dying days After previously enduring a broken leg when he fell from the roof of a church he re-injures the same leg in the journey to bury Addie while attempting to cross a river with a wagon in the face of flood conditions For the rest of the novel Cash is incapacitated and as the result of a shoddy attempt to set his injured leg in cement he is hobbled for lifeDarl Bundren - The next eldest of the Bundren children Darl delivers the largest number of interior monologues in the novel An extremely sensitive and articulate young man he is grief stricken by the death of his mother and the plight of his familys burial journey After he sets fire to the Gillespie barn
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