This a fictional ending to Faulkner's story "Barnburning" for a college course



Changes...After Barn burning





...He did not look back. He knew that his father was going to beat him

badly, so this time instead of accepting that fate, Sarty decided to get

off the road his life was on and head down a new and unexplored path.

Hopefully this way will have more security and stability to it than the

route his father and family had been on. Family, that made Sarty think

for a second. He didn't know what he was going to do, after all he had

no one now. He was scared, alone, and hungry when he was suddenly

startled by something behind him, it was Major de Spain and his nigger.

"What you doing boy," he said, "don't you know your bastard father left

here this morning?" "Yes sir," he replied, "he left me for what I done,

and now I ain't got no father no more." The Major was quiet and thought

for a moment, and then said to his nigger, "Fetch up that boy and help

him onto my horse." Sarty was puzzled, but got up on the horse anyway.

Then the Major spoke, "You are brave doing what you done, and I thank

you for that. You knew the consequences and went against your blood

because you knew what he was doing was wrong, and that takes real

courage, the kind I'd like to have around me." With that they headed

back to the Major's house without a word spoken. He had his nigger

fetch Sarty some new fancy clothes from town, and had Sarty wash up

while he was gone. After Sarty bathed and got dressed he went down to

dinner with the Major and his wife. There was more food on the table

than Sarty had ever seen, or even imagined. He was aware that rich

people ate well, but he didn't know they could eat so much. There was

enough food on the table to feed his family for a week. There was

turkey, ham, potatoes, corn and green beans, fresh bread, yams, and both

an apple and pecan pie. "Sarty," the Major spoke, "you take whatever

you want. From now on what I have is yours, and I will treat you as if

you were my child. You will be subject to my rules, my laws, for if you

agree I choose to make you my son. Do you accept the arrangement that I

have set?", concluded the Major. Sarty looked down and started to think

about his life and his family, but all he could see was burning barns

and his family abandoning him. He was their son and brother, their

blood, and the just left him like a forgotten piece of clothing. "How

could they just leave me?" he asked. "I did the right thing, and I am

sick and tired of moving from place to the next. It is all his fault,

my father the horse thief turn barn burner. Well, they turned their

back on me, so I'll do the same. I have no father, and today I start a

new life, a better life." he concluded. Sarty looked up and spoke, "I

accept your deal Major de Spain, and from now on I am no longer a

Snopes, I am simply Colonel Satoris.+ I am grateful for what you have

done for me, and I aim to make you proud'" he exclaimed. "Today I start

my new life with nothing hanging over my shoulders, and at last I am

finally free." And they all lived happily ever after/

The End