After leaving high school, Billy seemed content with his life in Oxford. He spent his time working at the bank, writing poetry, and hanging out with Estelle, who was taking classes at Ole Miss. However, Faulkner's world was turned upside-down in the winter of 1918, when Estelle discovered that her parents had arranged for her to marry Cornell Franklin, a handsome Ole Miss grad and a Major in the National Guard. Faulkner had long assumed that he and Estelle would one day wed, and the news sent him into a downward spiral of depression and heavy drinking. Estelle wasn't happy either; she cried all night before her wedding, lamenting, "I don't know if I love Cornell or if I want to marry him."