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The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulkner
Jason Compson Timeline and Summary
Jason walks behind Caddy and Quentin with his hands in his pockets. Versh makes fun of Jason, saying that he’ll be a rich man – he’s always checking to see where his money is. Jason gets upset when Mr. Compson tells everyone that they have to mind Caddy on the night that Damuddy dies. He goes into a kite racketeering business, hiring a smaller kid to make kites. Jason does all the kite selling. Oh, and he keeps a close eye on the flour barrel (he uses flour to make paste). When Caddy gets married to Herbert Head, Jason’s promised a job at the bank in Jefferson. Unfortunately, the job never comes through. Herbert realizes that Caddy’s child isn’t his; he leaves Caddy. Jason never stops blaming Caddy for cheating him out of his future. As an adult, Jason works in the hardware store. He hates working there, so he tends to leave all the time. On the day that he narrates, he’s furious that Quentin (Jr.) isn’t awake. He yells at Dilsey and Quentin, then goes to work. On the way, he stops at the post office and telegraph office to check his recent stock advice. He receives a letter from Caddy which suggests that he’s been keeping money from Quentin. It turns out that Caddy’s right. Nonetheless, Jason wires Caddy that "the girl" is being taken care of. He blackmails Quentin into signing a check from Caddy over to him. Jason then goes home, fakes a check from Caddy, and forces his mother to burn it. She does. She thinks he’s the only caretaker of the family. Jason goes back to the store, where he’s almost fired. He reads a letter from his lover, a prostitute in Memphis. Then he thinks some nasty things about prostitutes in general and his lover in particular. Back at the store, Jason says some nasty things to his boss. The boss threatens to fire him. Again. Jason offers to quit. Again. Apparently, this happens often. In fact, as his boss says, Jason only has a job because his mother is such an upstanding member of the community. Jason sees Quentin in a car with a man from the circus. Furious, he tries to chase the two down in his car. He ends up stomping through the woods after the two. When he gets back to his car, Quentin and the guy have left. They’ve also left him a present, however – they flattened his tires. Jason goes back to work, then ducks out to check the stocks. His stock is down; he also didn’t get the telegram from his brokers. At home, he gets angry at Quentin. Mrs. Compson locks Quentin into her room at night. The next night, Jason and Dilsey notice that Quentin is not coming down from her room. It turns out that she’s run away. Jason immediately goes into his room; all the money that he’s been stealing from Caddy is gone. That money was supposed to go to Quentin. But really, who’s keeping track? Jason’s furious. He tries to get in the car and follow Quentin. He’s sure that she’s run away with the circus. Unfortunately, the smell of gas makes Jason really sick. As he drives, he gets a splitting headache. He pulls up in front of a few trailers. He’s sure that he’s found the circus. His head ringing, Jason enters one of the trailers and yells at the guy inside. The guy and Jason get in a fight. Jason knocks him over. By now, Jason’s a bit woozy. As it turns out, the guy Quentin was with got kicked out of the circus. Jason knows that he should stop, because his head’s killing him. He just can’t let his money go, though. He wants to keep driving after Quentin. Sadly, he can’t get anything for his headache. All the stores are closed. Finally, he gets a guy to drive him back to Jefferson. Quentin’s gone, and her money is gone, too. As he gets into Jefferson, he sees Luster driving the carriage the wrong way. Benjy’s bellowing. Jason rushes out of his car, furious that other people might be watching. He smacks Luster and begins to drive the carriage himself. Benjy calms down.