Barn Burning


William Faulkner

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The Justice (II) Character Analysis

The story’s second judge presides over the community where the Snopes family has just moved, and oversees the case in which Abner has sued Major de Spain over the twenty bushels of corn that, the Major has calculated, Abner owes him for soiling the rug. The judge is immediately recognizable to Sarty as a judge because of his glasses and air of authority. This justice does find against Abner, although he lessens the punishment, given the Snopes family’s poverty.

The Justice (II) Quotes in Barn Burning

The Barn Burning quotes below are all either spoken by The Justice (II) or refer to The Justice (II). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Resentment, Race, and Prejudice Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Barn Burning published in 1995.
Barn Burning Quotes

He saw the man in spectacles sitting at the plank table and he did not need to be told this was a Justice of the Peace; he sent one glare of fierce, exultant partisan defiance at the man in collar and cravat now, whom he had seen but twice before in his life, who wore on his face an expression not of rage but of amazed unbelief which the boy could not have known was at the incredible circumstance of being sued by one of his own tenants.

Page Number: 17-18
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The Justice (II) Character Timeline in Barn Burning

The timeline below shows where the character The Justice (II) appears in Barn Burning. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Independence and Justice Theme Icon
...looking at a sea of faces. Sarty sees a man with glasses and understands it’s another Justice of the Peace, and also sees the Major in collar and cravat. The Major has... (full context)
Independence and Justice Theme Icon
Loyalty, Family, Blood Theme Icon
Sarty goes up to the Justice and cries that his father didn’t burn—but his father interrupts him and orders him back... (full context)
Aspiration, Desperation, and Defiance Theme Icon
Independence and Justice Theme Icon the wagon, Sarty remains in the back of the room, where he can hear the Justice ask if Abner thinks twenty bushels of corn is too high for the damage done.... (full context)
Independence and Justice Theme Icon
The Justice says he’s going to find against Abner, but twenty bushels seems high for someone in... (full context)