Harris, are seated. The justice of the peace asks Mr. Harris for proof that Mr. Snopes burned his barn. The final time, when Mr. Harris an ominous warning that wood and hay are combustible.
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A hungry boy named Sarty craves the stew and bread in the store. He is afraid. His father, Abner Snopes, is in court, accused of burning down Mr. Sarty is called up to testify against his father, and he knows that he is going to have to lie and say his father did not burn the barn.
The Justice and Mr. Harris realize they are putting the young boy in a bad position, and they let him off the hook. The Judge tells Mr. Snopes to leave the county and never come back. As Sarty leaves the courthouse, a kid calls him "Barn Burner! Sarty tries to chase the kid but his father stops him.
Sarty, his older brother, and his father get into the family wagon, where his mother, aunt, and two sisters are waiting. The wagon is already loaded with their broken possessions. That night, the family camps. After Sarty falls asleep, his father wakes him up and tells Sarty to follow him. Sarty does. His father accuses him of being on the verge of betraying him in court.
He hits Sarty. The next day the Snopes family arrives at their new home, a shack on the farm where they will be working as tenant farmers. Abner wants to talk to the owner and he takes Sarty with him. He thinks his father can not possibly hurt people who live in a house like that. On the way to the front door, Sarty notices that Abner deliberately steps in some fresh horse excrement.
At the front door, a "House Negro" greets them and tells Snopes to wipe off his boots. In defiance of the request for politeness, Snopes pushes past with a racial insult and tracks the excrement all over the white rug in the front room.
Later that day, the owner of the rug and mansion, Mr. Abner sets his two daughters to cleaning it, and then dries it in front of the fire. Early the next morning, Abner wakes Sarty and the two of them return the rug to de Spain. De Spain shows up shortly after, insulting Abner and complaining that the rug is "ruined". He tells Abner that he is going to charge him twenty extra bushels of corn to pay for the hundred-dollar rug. When he leaves, Sarty tells Abner that they should not give de Spain any corn at all.
After working hard all week, Sarty goes with his family to town that Saturday. He goes with his father into a store, and sees that a Justice of the Peace Court is in session. De Spain is there. Sarty does not realize that Abner is suing de Spain to have the fee of twenty bushels reduced. Sarty blurts out that his father is not guilty of burning any barns. Abner sends him back to the wagon, but he stays in the store to see what happens. The Justice decides that Abner is responsible for the damage to the rug, but he reduces the fee to ten bushels.
Sarty, his father, and his brother spend some time in town and do not go home until the sun has almost set. After dinner, Sarty hears his mother trying to stop his father from doing something.
He realizes his father is planning to burn the de Spain barn. Sarty breaks free and runs to the de Spain house. He is only able to say "Barn! De Spain is right behind him, about to run him over. Sarty jumps into a ditch and then returns to the road. He hears three gunshots soon after. At midnight Sarty is on top of a hill. He has come a long way. Everything is behind him. He mourns the loss of his father who he seems to assume is dead , but is no longer afraid.
He falls asleep and feels better when he wakes up. He starts walking toward the woods in front of him. He does not turn around. Adaptations[ edit ] In , the story was adapted into a short film of the same name by director Peter Werner. The Snopes family being post- Civil War farmers are instead rewritten as Javanese immigrants who had just moved into a new rubber plantation. References[ edit ] Faulkner, William. New York: The Modern Library,
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A hungry boy named Sarty craves the stew and bread in the store. He is afraid. His father, Abner Snopes, is in court, accused of burning down Mr. Sarty is called up to testify against his father, and he knows that he is going to have to lie and say his father did not burn the barn. The Justice and Mr. Harris realize they are putting the young boy in a bad position, and they let him off the hook. The Judge tells Mr.
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