The Sound and the Fury

Jason is the only one of the four siblings—Quentin, Caddy, Benjy, and himself—to receive Mrs. Compson’s affection, but he grows up into a bitter, loveless man. As an adult Jason feels like the world is against him, and he has a strong hatred of women, black people, and Northerners. Like the other brothers, Jason is also preoccupied with Caddy, but for him she is another source of bitterness, as her husband, Herbert Head, offered Jason a job at a bank, but then retracted it when he divorced Caddy (because of her illegitimate child). Jason hates Caddy for “losing” him the job. He works at a farm supply store and steals the money Caddy sends to Miss Quentin, and fears and respects no one except Dilsey.

Jason Compson IV Quotes in The Sound and the Fury

The The Sound and the Fury quotes below are all either spoken by Jason Compson IV or refer to Jason Compson IV. 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 Sixth, 1928 Quotes

Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say. I says you’re lucky if her playing out of school is all that worries you. I says she ought to be down there in that kitchen right now, instead of up there in her room, gobbing paint on her face and waiting for six niggers that cant even stand up out of a chair unless they’ve got a pan full of bread and meat to balance them, to fix breakfast for her.

Related Characters: Jason Compson IV (speaker), Ms. Quentin Compson
Page Number: 180
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“All right,” I says. “We’ll just put this off a while. But don’t think you can run it over me. I’m not an old woman, nor an old half dead nigger, either. You dam little slut,” I says.
“Dilsey,” she says. “Dilsey, I want my mother.”
Dilsey went to her. “Now, now,” she says. “He aint gwine so much as lay his hand on you while Ise here.” Mother came on down the stairs.
“Jason,” she says. “Dilsey.”
“Now, now,” Dilsey says. “I aint gwine let him tech you.” She put her hand on Quentin. She knocked it down.
“You damn old nigger,” she says. She ran toward the door.

Related Characters: Jason Compson IV (speaker), Mrs. Compson (speaker), Ms. Quentin Compson (speaker), Dilsey Gibson (speaker)
Page Number: 185
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“Remember what I say,” I says. “I mean it. Let me hear one more time that you are slipping up and down back alleys with one of those dam squirts.”

She turned back at that. “I don’t slip around,” she says. “I dare anybody to know everything I do.”
“And they all know it, too,” I says. “Everybody in this town knows what you are. But I wont have it anymore, you hear? I don’t care what you do, myself,” I says. “But I’ve got a position in this town, and I’m not going to have any member of my family going on like a nigger wench. You hear me?”

Related Characters: Jason Compson IV (speaker), Ms. Quentin Compson (speaker)
Page Number: 188-189
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“You’s a cold man, Jason, if man you is,” she says. “I thank de Lawd I got mo heart dan dat, even ef hit is black.”
“At least I’m man enough to keep that flour barrel full,” I says. “And if you do that again, you wont be eating out of it either.”

Related Characters: Jason Compson IV (speaker), Dilsey Gibson (speaker)
Page Number: 207-208
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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

“I know you blame me,” Mrs. Compson said, “for letting them off to go to church today.”
“Go where?” Jason said. “Hasn’t that damn show left yet?”
“To church,” Mrs. Compson said. “The darkies are having a special Easter service. I promised Dilsey two weeks ago that they could get off.”
“Which means we’ll eat cold dinner,” Jason said, “or none at all.”

Related Characters: Jason Compson IV (speaker), Mrs. Compson (speaker), Dilsey Gibson
Related Symbols: Easter
Page Number: 279
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Jason Compson IV Character Timeline in The Sound and the Fury

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April Seventh, 1928
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...carriage because Roskus, T.P.’s father and Dilsey’s husband, is paralyzed with rheumatism. Dilsey remarks that Jason should buy a new carriage, as this one is falling apart. (full context)
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Mrs. Compson asks Jason if he wants to come to the cemetery, but Jason coldly declines and then says... (full context)
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...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. Versh... (full context)
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...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 they will get whipped. The... (full context)
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...lights are on in the house. The children meet Mr. Compson at the house, and Jason immediately tattles to him about Quentin and Caddy’s wet clothes. Mr. Compson says that the... (full context)
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...earlier, but Dilsey deflects the question. Quentin presses on, asking about Damuddy’s sickness, and soon Jason is crying too. Caddy teases Jason because he cannot sleep in Damuddy’s bed anymore now... (full context)
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...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 he always... (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... (full context)
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...then Mr. Burgess, one of the girls’ fathers, attacks Benjy. That night Mr. Compson scolds Jason for leaving the gate open. Jason suggests that they have Benjy castrated, or else send... (full context)
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...another flower to try and cheer him up. Luster says that when Mrs. Compson dies, Jason will probably send Benjy away to the asylum in Jackson. The frustrated Luster than takes... (full context)
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...crying at her own impotence, and Caddy sends her off to bed. Then Caddy and Jason start to fight because Jason has cut up Benjy’s paper dolls. Jason cries and says... (full context)
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In the present, Benjy keeps making noise in the library, and the adult Jason comes in, angry with Benjy and Luster. He complains that he works all day and... (full context)
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Miss Quentin comes in and is still angry with Luster, and then Jason threatens her about hanging around with the man in the red tie. Miss Quentin is... (full context)
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...Quentin complains that she doesn’t like living here, as Benjy is like “a pig” and Jason is cruel to her. Jason gets angry and Miss Quentin threatens to run away. As... (full context)
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...and he remembers Mrs. Compson complaining about being sick. In the present, Miss Quentin curses Jason and leaves the table. Benjy then remembers Mr. Compson getting mad at Jason for chewing... (full context)
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...him a quarter for the show. Benjy then returns to the past, where the young Jason is wanting to sleep in Damuddy’s bed, but she is too sick. Jason starts to... (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 children and puts them to... (full context)
June Second, 1910
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...losing her virginity, and Dalton Ames, and Caddy getting married to Herbert Head, who promised Jason a job at a bank and owned one of the first automobiles in town. (full context)
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Quentin then remembers his mother saying that Jason was the only child close to her, and the rest of her children had turned... (full context)
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...the memory Herbert keeps offering Quentin a cigar, and talks about how he is giving Jason a job at a bank, but Quentin brings up Herbert’s past – Herbert was expelled... (full context)
April Sixth, 1928
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This chapter is narrated by Jason Compson, and it begins on the morning of Good Friday, the day before Benjy’s section... (full context)
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Mrs. Compson cannot control Miss Quentin, but she is afraid to let Jason discipline her, as he can be cruel and easily angered. She says that Jason is... (full context)
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Miss Quentin is with Dilsey in the dining room, and Jason confronts her about skipping school. Quentin tries to argue but he grows violent and grabs... (full context)
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...protect her, but then Quentin turns her anger on Dilsey and pushes her away too. Jason goes to drive Quentin to school, and as he leaves the house Dilsey is tending... (full context)
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Jason drives Miss Quentin to school and the family’s situation becomes more clear – Caddy sends... (full context)
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Jason then goes to his work, which is as a clerk in the farm-supply store in... (full context)
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Jason opens his next letter, which is from Lorraine, a prostitute he visits in Memphis. Jason... (full context)
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Jason burns Lorraine’s letter and is then called up to the front of the store by... (full context)
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Jason is still bitter that Mr. Compson never sent him to Harvard like his brother Quentin,... (full context)
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Jason then remembers Mr. Compson taking in the baby Miss Quentin, even though Mrs. Compson had... (full context)
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Back in the present, Jason ignores his letter from Uncle Maury, as it will be asking for money, as always,... (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, but he... (full context)
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Caddy then met with Jason again, and she relented to an arrangement where she would send money for Miss Quentin’s... (full context)
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Miss Quentin suddenly shows up at the store, asking about the letter. Jason mocks her and says the money order is only for ten dollars. He keeps bullying... (full context)
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Jason takes his dinner break, goes to the bank, and gets some blank checks that he... (full context)
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Jason goes to the telegraph office, where he learns that his stock in the cotton market... (full context)
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Mrs. Compson continues to complain about how much she suffers for her children, and Jason mostly ignores her. He then listens to Luster feeding Benjy and rants to himself about... (full context)
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Jason gives his mother the letter from Uncle Maury, which is written in flowery prose and... (full context)
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Jason goes into the back room of the store and starts mocking and tormenting Earl’s old... (full context)
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Jason is then interrupted in his chase by a telegram boy, who says that his account... (full context)
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On his drive back into town Jason is nearly run down by a Ford, and then he sees the man in the... (full context)
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Jason’s headache gets worse in the bright sun, and he follows the tire tracks of the... (full context)
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Jason goes to a nearby store and pumps up his tire and then drives back to... (full context)
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Jason arrives and finds Luster, who says that Mrs. Compson and Miss Quentin are fighting upstairs... (full context)
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Jason sits down and reads the paper, and he threatens to make Dilsey bring him his... (full context)
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...she doesn’t understand Miss Quentin, and how none of her family loved her except for Jason. Mrs. Compson says Quentin is probably studying in her room, but Jason suspects she is... (full context)
April Eighth, 1928
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It is Easter Sunday, two days after Jason’s section and one day after Benjy’s. The narrator is now a third-person voice, which begins... (full context)
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...gets everything started and breakfast made. Luster finally enters with Benjy, and he says that Jason has been accusing him of breaking his window the night before. Luster denies doing it,... (full context)
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Dilsey serves Benjy his breakfast and treats him with tenderness and sympathy. Jason comes downstairs, angry and sarcastic about his broken window. He accuses Miss Quentin, who is... (full context)
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Upstairs Dilsey calls gently for Miss Quentin, but there is no response. Jason suddenly understands what has happened and gets up from the table, violently takes the keys... (full context)
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Jason immediately rushes to a closet and takes out his strongbox, which has been forced open.... (full context)
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...she sees the ending.” The Gibsons and Benjy return to the Compson house to find Jason still gone. Mrs. Compson is in bed, still convinced that Miss Quentin has killed herself,... (full context)
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The narrative then moves to Jason, who arrives at the sheriff’s house, demanding they leave immediately and track down Miss Quentin.... (full context)
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Jason leaves the sheriff, enraged, and gasses up his car. He thinks with a kind of... (full context)
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Jason drives towards Mottson, which is where the minstrel show will be next week – Jason... (full context)
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Jason reaches Mottson and finds the minstrel show tent. He wants to ambush Miss Quentin and... (full context)
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Jason is rescued by the man who runs the minstrel show, who leads him around the... (full context)
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...T.P.’s usual course, and Benjy immediately starts howling at the strange route. At that moment Jason returns, and he runs across the town square to strike Luster. He orders him to... (full context)
Appendix: Compson: 1699-1945
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...plantation fell into disrepair and began to be mortgaged off. The appendix then moves to Jason III, the father in the novel, who sat all day with his decanter of whiskey... (full context)
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...and Faulkner dispassionately explains what happened after the novel ends – after Mrs. Compson died, Jason IV sent Benjy to the State Asylum in Jackson and then sold the Compson house... (full context)
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The librarian brought the picture to Jason, who now owned and lived in the supply store where he had worked for Earl.... (full context)
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Next comes Jason, who remained a childless bachelor and feared only Dilsey among all other things. It was... (full context)
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...was born. She actually stole almost seven thousand – not three thousand – dollars from Jason, but Jason couldn’t admit this to anyone as the extra four thousand didn’t actually belong... (full context)