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by William Faulkner
Colonel (Sarty) Sartoris Snopes Timeline and Summary
Sarty almost has to testify against his father Abner in the Justice of the Peace Court. He plans to lie, in accordance with his father's wishes, and say his father didn't burn down Mr. Harris' burn. After Abner is found "not guilty" but ordered out of town, Sarty follows him out of court. Sarty is hit by a young boy and he falls. That night he and his family camp out. His father accuses him of planning to rat him out in Court and hits him as punishment. He tells Sarty it's important to stand up for your family. The next day Sarty and his family get to their new home, a shack on the de Spain farm. He visits the de Spain mansion with his father and is extremely impressed. He watches his father track horse poop on the de Spain's rug. Sarty works hard all week. On Saturday he goes to court with Abner who is suing de Spain. That night, Abner decides to burn de Spain's barn. Sarty tries to stop him, and warns de Spain. He is too late. He hears gunshots and sees that the barn is on fire. He run a long way until he gets to the top of a hill. Around midnight Sarty mourns his father and then falls asleep. When he wakes up, the birds are chirping and he feels better. He walks down the hill, toward the woods, without turning around.