Tuesday, April 21, 2009
William Faulkner on Virginia families
"Even in our wilderness the old Virginia blood still runs and the old Virginia names- Byrd and Lee and Carter- still endure. There is no family in our wilderness but has that old aunt or grandmother to tell the children as soon as they can hear and understand: Your blood is Virginia blood too; your great-great-great grandfather was born in Rockbridge or Fairfax or Prince George- Valley or Piedmont or Tidewater, right down to the nearest milestone, so that Virginia is a living place to that child long before he ever heard (or cares) about New York or, for that matter, America."
- “Address to the Rave, Jefferson, and ODK Societies of the University of Virginia”, Charlottesville, Feb. 20, 1958, William Faulkner: Essays, Speeches & Public Letters, Modern Library, 2004.
I am Carter on my mom's side. The correct pronunciation being kaw'-tuh.