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As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner
Anse Bundren Timeline and Summary
Anse is sitting on back porch, and tucks tobacco between his gums. Anse is characterized by rubbing his knees, gazing out over the land, and never doing anything that would cause him to sweat. He is against Jewel and Darl going, but tells them to be back by sundown tomorrow. He claims to always have had terrible luck. He orders Vardaman to clean his own fish, without looking at him. Anse gets up when the Tulls leave at 5 p.m. He goes to Addie’s room, where she is not moving. Anse apologizes to Vernon for not getting to the corn, saying his mind’s not straight. Anse dwells on his bad luck, about how it’s not something he can escape. He reminisces about the transition to Addie’s bedridden state. Anse tells Vardaman to wash his hands. He thinks that his heart just isn’t in it anymore. He follows Peabody into Addie’s room. Anse tells Peabody that he would have been called sooner if not for the bad corn crop, but people have been helping out. Anse claims there’s no need to tell Addie about her situation, since she would know if she saw Peabody there. He orders Cash to finish up the coffin, Dewey Dell to make supper. He messes up the quilt of his deceased wife. He is happy he’ll be able to get teeth (right after his wife has died). Anse sits down to eat with Cash and Peabody; he doesn’t eat at first, then figures Addie would have no problem with it. He sits outside with Cash while his son finishes the coffin. When it rains, Anse wears Jewel’s raincoat and uses Dewey Dell’s to protect the lantern. He decides to wait for Darl and Jewel to come home, despite the delay of three days and the bad weather conditions. He leaves for Jefferson with the family. Anse says Jewel would have killed that horse if it hadn’t been for him. Anse stay overnight at Samson’s with the family. He arrives at the bridge with the family. He figures they should attempt to cross it. Anse walks across the bridge safely, then watches three of his sons get thrown into the river. He stays overnight at Armstid’s. He rides Jewel’s horse to Snopes’ place and barters Jewel’s horse for a new team. Anse arrives in Mottson with the team. Anse defends his family’s right to be there, stinky coffin in tow or no. He denies the fact that Cash needs to see a doctor. He decides that cement should be put on Cash’s leg, especially once they’ve spent money on the cement. He watches as the barn burns and Jewel and Darl go crazy in it. He arrives in Jefferson with the family. Anse goes to Mrs. Bundren’s to borrow spades. He buries Addie. Anse allows officials to take Darl away. Anse takes money from Dewey Dell to buy himself teeth. Anse introduces Mrs. Bundren to the family