The Sound and the Fury

Candace (Caddy) Compson Character Analysis

The only Compson daughter and arguably the novel’s most important character, as she is the object of her brothers’ obsessions. Caddy is the only Compson who seems capable of loving truly, as she cares for Benjy as a child and is very close with Quentin. She becomes sexually active at an early age, trampling on the notion of the chaste Southern lady. It is her promiscuity that leads to most of the novel’s tension, as her “loss of honor” drives Quentin to suicide, and her illegitimate child Miss Quentin leads to Caddy being divorced, disowned, and disgraced. She later sends money to Miss Quentin, though Jason steals it.

Candace (Caddy) Compson Quotes in The Sound and the Fury

The The Sound and the Fury quotes below are all either spoken by Candace (Caddy) Compson or refer to Candace (Caddy) Compson. 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:
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April Seventh, 1928 Quotes

Caddy was all wet and muddy behind, and I started to cry and she came and squatted in the water.
“Hush now.” she said. “I’m not going to run away.” So I hushed. Caddy smelled like trees in the rain.

Related Characters: Benjamin (Benjy) Compson (speaker), Candace (Caddy) Compson
Page Number: 19
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“All right.” Versh said. “You the one going to get whipped. I aint.” He went and pushed Caddy up into the tree to the first limb. We watched the muddy bottom of her drawers. Then we couldn’t see her. We could hear the tree thrashing…
“What you seeing.” Frony whispered.
I saw them. Then I saw Caddy, with flowers in her hair, and a long veil like shining wind. Caddy Caddy

Related Characters: Benjamin (Benjy) Compson (speaker), Frony Gibson (speaker), Versh Gibson (speaker), Candace (Caddy) Compson
Page Number: 39
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Caddy and I ran. We ran up the kitchen steps, onto the porch, and Caddy knelt down in the dark and held me… “I wont.” she said. “I wont anymore, ever. Benjy. Benjy.” Then she was crying, and I cried, and we held each other. “Hush.” she said. “Hush. I wont anymore.” So I hushed and Caddy got up and we went into the kitchen and turned the light on and Caddy took the kitchen soap and washed her mouth at the sink, hard. Caddy smelled like trees.
I kept a telling you to stay away from there, Luster said. They sat up in the swing, quick. Quentin had her hands on her hair. He had a red tie.

Related Characters: Benjamin (Benjy) Compson (speaker), Candace (Caddy) Compson (speaker), Luster Gibson (speaker), Quentin Compson, The man in the red tie
Page Number: 48
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“Candace.” Mother said. “I told you not to call him that. It was bad enough when your father insisted on calling you by that silly nickname, and I will not have him called by one. Nicknames are vulgar. Only common people use them. Benjamin.” she said.

Related Characters: Mrs. Compson (speaker), Benjamin (Benjy) Compson, Candace (Caddy) Compson
Page Number: 63-64
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Caddy came to the door and stood there, looking at Father and Mother. Her eyes flew at me, and away. I began to cry. It went loud and I got up. Caddy came in and stood with her back to the wall, looking at me. I went toward her, crying, and she shrank against the wall and I saw her eyes and I cried louder and pulled at her dress. She put her hands out but I pulled at her dress. Her eyes ran.

Related Characters: Benjamin (Benjy) Compson (speaker), Candace (Caddy) Compson, Mr. Compson, Mrs. Compson
Page Number: 68-69
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June Second, 1910 Quotes

In the South you are ashamed of being a virgin. Boys. Men. They lie about it. Because it means less to women, Father said. He said it was men invented virginity not women… and I said, Why couldn’t it have been me and not her who is unvirgin and he said, That’s why that’s sad too; nothing is even worth the changing of it, and Shreve said if he’s got better sense than to chase after the dirty little sluts and I said Did you ever have a sister? Did you? Did you?

Related Characters: Quentin Compson (speaker), Mr. Compson (speaker), Shreve (speaker), Candace (Caddy) Compson
Page Number: 78
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Got to marry somebody
Have there been very many Caddy
I don’t know too many will you look after Benjy and Father
You don’t know whose it is then does he know
Don’t touch me will you look after Benjy and Father

Related Characters: Quentin Compson (speaker), Candace (Caddy) Compson (speaker), Benjamin (Benjy) Compson, Mr. Compson
Page Number: 115
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April Sixth, 1928 Quotes

“You can say nonsense,” Mother says. “But she must never know. She must never even learn that name. Dilsey, I forbid you ever to speak that name in her hearing. If she could grow up never to know that she had a mother, I would thank God.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Compson (speaker), Candace (Caddy) Compson, Ms. Quentin Compson, Dilsey Gibson
Page Number: 199
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How the hell can I do anything right, with that dam family and her not making any effort to control her nor any of them like that time when she happened to see one of them kissing Caddy and all next day she went around the house in a black dress and a veil and even Father couldn’t get her to say a word except crying and saying her little daughter was dead and Caddy about fifteen then… I haven’t got much pride, I cant afford it with a kitchen full of niggers to feed and robbing the state asylum of its star freshman. Blood, I says, governors and generals.

Related Characters: Jason Compson IV (speaker), Benjamin (Benjy) Compson, Candace (Caddy) Compson, Mr. Compson, Mrs. Compson
Page Number: 229-230
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“When they began to sell the land to send Quentin to Harvard I told your father that he must make an equal provision for you. Then when Herbert offered to take you into the bank I said, Jason is provided for now, and when all the expense began to pile up and I was forced to sell our furniture and the rest of the pasture, I wrote her at once because I said she will realise that she and Quentin have had their share and part of Jason’s too and that it depends on her now to compensate him… You were right to reproach me.”
“Do you think I need any man’s help to stand on my feet?” I says. “Let alone a woman that cant name the father of her own child.”

Related Characters: Jason Compson IV (speaker), Mrs. Compson (speaker), Quentin Compson, Candace (Caddy) Compson, Mr. Compson, Herbert Head
Page Number: 262
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April Eighth, 1928 Quotes

“Fiddlesticks,” Mrs. Compson said. “It’s in the blood. Like uncle, like niece. Or mother. I don’t know which would be worse. I don’t seem to care.”

“Whut you keep on talkin that way fur?” Dilsey said. “Whut she want to do anything like that fur?”
“I don’t know. What reason did Quentin have? Under God’s heaven what reason did he have? It cant be simply to flout and hurt me. Whoever God is, He would not permit that. I’m a lady. You might not believe that from my offspring, but I am.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Compson (speaker), Dilsey Gibson (speaker), Quentin Compson, Candace (Caddy) Compson, Ms. Quentin Compson, Maury Bascomb
Page Number: 299-300
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Candace (Caddy) Compson Character Timeline in The Sound and the Fury

The timeline below shows where the character Candace (Caddy) Compson appears in The Sound and the Fury. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
April Seventh, 1928
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...This triggers a memory of twenty-six years earlier, two days before Christmas, when Benjy’s sister Caddy helped free him from the same nail. In this memory Mrs. Compson – Benjy’s mother... (full context)
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...his presence makes her worry and feel sick. Versh and Benjy go outside and meet Caddy, who Benjy says “smells like trees.” (full context)
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The story returns to the present, but the memory of Caddy makes Benjy moan again, annoying Luster. He gives Benjy a flower to calm him down,... (full context)
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...through the Compsons’ barn, and Benjy slips into another memory, twenty-six years earlier. He and Caddy are delivering a letter from Uncle Maury to Mrs. Patterson, the next-door neighbor, as the... (full context)
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...buried. Benjy is only three and the family has not discovered his disability yet. Quentin, Caddy, Jason, and Benjy are all playing together in the branch and being watched by Versh.... (full context)
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...before. Benjy returns to the memory, in which the children head home from the branch. Caddy and Quentin worry that Jason will tattle to their parents about their wet clothes, and... (full context)
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...meet Mr. Compson at the house, and Jason immediately tattles to him about Quentin and Caddy’s wet clothes. Mr. Compson says that the children have to eat in the kitchen and... (full context)
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Mr. Compson warns the children to “mind Dilsey,” but Caddy insists that they listen to her as well. Dilsey serves dinner to the children, but... (full context)
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...the curse of the Compsons, and he says the sign of it is Miss Quentin, Caddy’s illegitimate daughter. Roskus says he knew they were unlucky when they changed Benjy’s name. (full context)
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...Benjy. Roskus keeps talking about bad luck, and says another sign of it is that Caddy’s name is not mentioned around the house anymore because of the disgrace of her illegitimate... (full context)
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...when the children were playing with some lightning bugs T.P. had caught in a jar. Caddy is again concerned with everyone “minding her.” Frony mentions a funeral, but Versh says not... (full context)
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...the buzzards circling overhead. The children worry that the buzzards will “undress” Damuddy too, and Caddy and Jason start to fight. Versh points out that Jason will be rich someday because... (full context)
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Benjy’s memory of Damuddy’s funeral day becomes briefly interspersed with his drunken memory of Caddy’s wedding in 1910. Back in 1898, Caddy decides to climb a tree to look into... (full context)
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Back on Caddy’s wedding day, Benjy remembers her wedding veil, and T.P. trying to keep him quiet as... (full context)
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In that memory Jason makes fun of Caddy for her “prissy dress,” and says she is trying to be better than everyone else.... (full context)
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...him his money and food. Mr. Compson then fills his decanter of alcohol and leaves. Caddy falls asleep next to Benjy, trying to comfort him. (full context)
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Benjy returns to the memory of Damuddy’s funeral, when Caddy is up in the tree. Dilsey then comes out of the house and pulls Caddy... (full context)
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...nearby swing, as Miss Quentin is there with her “beau.” This makes Benjy remember encountering Caddy on the same swing kissing her first boyfriend, a boy named Charlie. When Charlie approaches... (full context)
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Caddy finally runs away from Charlie with Benjy and they go up to the house. Caddy... (full context)
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...out the same gate at other schoolgirls. T.P. tried to pull him away, saying that Caddy has gotten married and left Benjy behind. (full context)
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...gate and runs after the girls, scaring them. He tries to talk to them about Caddy, but he is unable to speak as always. He catches one of the girls and... (full context)
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...This reminds him of a memory years earlier when he sat by the fire with Caddy, just after his parents changed his name from Maury to Benjamin. (full context)
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...Luster and Benjy eat some of the cake, and Benjy briefly remembers an episode where Caddy cried and said she hates everything. He then returns to the earlier memory by the... (full context)
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The library reminds Benjy of another occasion with Caddy, when they were in the library and Benjy was only five. Caddy tries to pick... (full context)
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In the same memory Mrs. Compson starts crying at her own impotence, and Caddy sends her off to bed. Then Caddy and Jason start to fight because Jason has... (full context)
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Benjy then remembers an evening around 1909, when Caddy comes home from a date where she lost her virginity. Benjy senses something is different... (full context)
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...saying that Mrs. Compson changed Benjy’s name because she was too proud, and Benjy remembers Caddy feeding him, and he remembers Mrs. Compson complaining about being sick. In the present, Miss... (full context)
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Benjy again remembers Caddy smelling like trees, and then back in the present Luster is pleased that Miss Quentin... (full context)
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Benjy then returns to the night Damuddy died and Caddy got her underwear dirty. Jason tattles on her again to Dilsey, and Dilsey undresses the... (full context)
June Second, 1910
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...time, and his own constant awareness of it. He remembers the wording of his sister Caddy’s wedding announcement. Her wedding was just two months before. (full context)
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...that he had committed incest and that he, not Dalton Ames, was the father of Caddy’s illegitimate child. Quentin then repeats Dalton Ames’s name to himself and remembers his father telling... (full context)
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...father. He watches a shadow move across the door and thinks about the night of Caddy’s wedding, when Benjy and T.P. were drunk. Quentin goes outside and sees Shreve, who asks... (full context)
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In between his other musings and memories, Quentin’s inner dialogue keeps returning to the night Caddy lost her virginity, when she came home and Benjy started wailing. Quentin then thinks about... (full context)
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...pickiness in allowing only wealthy Southern friends for her son. Quentin then thinks painfully of Caddy losing her virginity, and Dalton Ames, and Caddy getting married to Herbert Head, who promised... (full context)
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...of memories about Herbert Head and Mrs. Compson’s letters about him, and his invitation to Caddy’s wedding. He remembers how his parents sold Benjy’s pasture to pay for Quentin’s Harvard tuition.... (full context)
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...slips into a memory of talking with Herbert Head two days before his marriage to Caddy. Herbert is slick and confident, trying to befriend Quentin, who is clearly angry with both... (full context)
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...a club for cheating at cards. The two almost get into a fight, but then Caddy comes in and sends Herbert away. (full context)
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Quentin then remembers talking to Caddy before her wedding. Caddy says she is sick, and Quentin says that if she’s sick... (full context)
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Quentin then remembers trying to convince Caddy not to marry Herbert Head, and telling her about Herbert’s history of cheating at school... (full context)
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As he walks, Quentin thinks about the smell of honeysuckle and more about Caddy, particularly one time Quentin slapped her after she kissed some “town squirt,” and how she... (full context)
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...Bland boasts about her family and Gerald, and in between her dialogue Quentin remembers confronting Caddy after discovering she had sex with Dalton Ames, and the smell of honeysuckle on her,... (full context)
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Quentin remembers desperately offering to kill himself if Caddy would kill herself too, and talking about Caddy’s muddy underwear on the day of Damuddy’s... (full context)
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...his grandfather. Quentin thinks again of telling his father that he had committed incest with Caddy, and he remembers how Mr. Compson did not believe him. Mr. Compson told him that... (full context)
April Sixth, 1928
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...Quentin is skipping school, and Jason says she is being promiscuous just like her mother, Caddy. Jason bitterly says that he never had a chance to go to Harvard like his... (full context)
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Jason drives Miss Quentin to school and the family’s situation becomes more clear – Caddy sends money to Quentin for her upbringing and welfare, but Mrs. Compson burns the checks,... (full context)
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...is as a clerk in the farm-supply store in town. He gets a letter from Caddy asking about whether Miss Quentin has been receiving her money. Jason then goes on an... (full context)
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...remembers Mr. Compson taking in the baby Miss Quentin, even though Mrs. Compson had disowned Caddy. In the memory Dilsey accepts that she will raise the baby, as she has raised... (full context)
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...it will be asking for money, as always, and turns to the next letter from Caddy. He then shifts into a memory of the day Mr. Compson was buried, when Jason... (full context)
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The next morning Caddy found Jason at his store, trying to convince him to let her see Miss Quentin,... (full context)
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Caddy then met with Jason again, and she relented to an arrangement where she would send... (full context)
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...checks that he “fixes” for his mother. His scheme becomes apparent – Jason himself cashes Caddy’s monthly checks for Miss Quentin and gives a false check to Mrs. Compson, who tearfully... (full context)
April Eighth, 1928
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...they only exist as an extension of the bank job he was deprived of by Caddy and Herbert Head. (full context)
Appendix: Compson: 1699-1945
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...He sold the majority of the Compson property to the golf club to pay for Caddy’s lavish wedding and Quentin’s Harvard tuition. (full context)
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...III, who was obsessed with the concept of Compson honor as symbolized by his sister Caddy’s virginity, and who drowned himself in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He waited until the academic year was... (full context)
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Next comes Candace (Caddy), who married Herbert Head and was divorced after a year, then married a man... (full context)
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...he had worked for Earl. She showed him the picture, saying they had to “save” Caddy. At first Jason admitted it was indeed Caddy, but when he realized the librarian actually... (full context)
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...was summer), very old and mostly blind. The librarian repeated her plea to help save Caddy, but Dilsey only said she couldn’t see the picture, and handed the magazine back to... (full context)
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...she discovered his disability. Benjy only loved three things in his life – his pasture, Caddy, and the sight of fire. Benjy perceived time in a strange way, and so remembered... (full context)
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The last Compson is Miss Quentin, Caddy’s daughter, who was “doomed to be unwed” from the moment she was born. She actually... (full context)