"he is going to take Jason into his bank when Jason finishes high school"
Covered walkway fronting the First National Bank - Credit: Pilot MKN
The banking business loomed large in Faulkner’s own background. His grandfather, John Wesley Thompson Falkner, had been the president of the First National Bank
of Oxford, Mississippi. Though he was strongly business-minded, he appears to have had ambivalent attitudes towards the bank and once threw a brick through its window. Faulkner himself would work there briefly as a clerk after dropping out of high school prematurely in 1915. That he began drinking heavily whilst there perhaps suggests that he too failed to find his employment entirely fulfilling.