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Barn Burning

Barn Burning


by William Faulkner

Abner Snopes Timeline and Summary

  • Abner gets away with burning Mr. Harris' barn, but is told to leave town, which he planned to do anyway.
  • He accuses Sarty of planning to testify against him and then hits him.
  • The next day, he arrives with his family at the de Spain farm and tracks horse poop on a white rug in the de Spain mansion.
  • When de Spain brings the rug to him, he directs his daughter in washing it, and then returns the rug to de Spain.
  • When de Spain charges him twenty bushels of corn for the damage, Abner takes de Spain to court.
  • That night, he sets the de Spain barn on fire, and possibly is shot.