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Page 79. " French Lick. Found not death at the salt lick. "

French Lick, a tiny spa town in Orange County, Indiana, has been a popular resort since the mid-1800s. The reference to the salt lick indicates the naturally-occurring mineral deposit that lies nearby. Quentin’s associations with this place tie together his twin preoccupations with drowning and with his sister’s sexuality. In regard to the first, the town’s mineral springs, which were frequented for their purported health-giving benefits, are symbolically opposed to the death-dealing waters of which he dreams. With respect to the latter, it is here that Caddy meets Sydney Head, causing Quentin to speculate, rather covertly, about the nature of their encounter. Perhaps the suggestiveness of the place’s name, together with orgasm’s reputation as la petite mort, informs his image.