Study Guide

Dry September Characters

By William Faulkner

Henry "Hawkshaw" Stribling

Truth-seeker, hero, reasonable man, and, perhaps, coward – these are some of the adjective...

Minnie Cooper

Minnie Cooper is almost 40, unmarried, and lives with her aunt and her mother. She spends her...

Will Mayes

Will's character resists traditional analysis. He might seem at first a mere outline of a black...

John McLendon

McLendon is a vigilante, and the story's most obvious villain. His gun, hat, handcuffs, and...

Mrs. McLendon

We don't meet Mrs. McLendon until the last part of the story. We know nothing about her other...

Butch

Butch is a young man. Before McLendon appears on the scene to recruit men for his vigilante mob,...

The Soldier

The soldier is actually an ex-soldier. In the barbershop he seems to side with Butch that...

The Stranger

The stranger is a traveling salesman, or a "drummer" – a person who drums-up sales. He is...

Minnie's Friends

With friends like these, who needs enemies? We think these ladies are behind much of the sinister...

The Bank Clerk

The banker dated Minnie after his wife died. The town scorned Minnie for being in a relationship...