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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying


by William Faulkner

Addie Bundren Timeline and Summary

  • Cora and Kate discuss the cakes.
  • Addie lies in bed, blind but "watching" Cash construct her coffin behind her.
  • Addie is cooled by Dewey Dell fanning her.
  • She is described as being as thin as a rail and barely moving.
  • She is described by Cora as an excellent cake baker.
  • She looks at Vardaman and Peabody after the doctor arrives.
  • Addie has eyes like candle flames.
  • Addie lifts herself to see Cash through the window.
  • Addie calls for Cash in a "harsh" voice.
  • Addie looks at Vardaman, and dies.
  • She is placed backwards in the coffin, wearing her wedding dress and a mosquito net as a veil.
  • She leaves for Jefferson with the family.
  • She stays overnight at Samson’s with the family.
  • She arrives at the bridge with the family.
  • Addie is thrown into the water.
  • Addie stays overnight at Armstid’s with the family.
  • She arrives in Mottson, much to the dismay of the townspeople’s noses.
  • She is almost burned in the barn fire, but Jewel saves her.
  • She arrives in Jefferson.
  • She is buried with Mrs. Bundren’s spades.