Robert Scholes writes that he commented to William
Faulkner that the imaginative reconstruction of events is perhaps
closer to the truth than even (or especially) eyewitness accounts (“Mr.
Faulkner Comes to Class,” May/June). The comment surely must have
resonated with the novelist. The first sentence of Chapter 6 of
Faulkner’s Light in August says it all: “Memory believes before knowing remembers.”