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As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner
Cash Bundren Timeline and Summary
Cash is heard building Addie’s coffin. He shows Addie the coffin throughout the construction process. Cash goes into the room and announces Addie’s death, saw in hand. He goes to the stalls and finds Vardaman sitting alone. Cash comments that he hopes the horses have run past Tull’s house. Cash eats dinner with Anse and Peabody, without washing his hands or arms first. Cash works all through the night in pouring rain to finish Addie’s coffin. Cash gives reasons for creating the coffin on a slant, noting that it looks neater and suits its purpose better. Cash advises the men to reposition the coffin, but no one bothers to listen. He leaves for Jefferson with the family. Cash stay overnight at Samson’s with the family. He arrives at the bridge with the family. Cash suggests that Dewey Dell, Vardaman, and Anse walk across the bridge instead of going with the rest of the boys on the wagon, for safety reasons. He attempts to ford the river on the wagon with Darl. He suggests that Darl save himself and jump into the water. Cash is thrown into the water, holds onto the rope. Cash is kicked by Jewel’s horse, re-breaking his leg. Cash is put on Addie’s coffin during wagon rides. Cash arrives in Mottson with the family. Cash has cement put on his broken leg. Cash has water poured on his leg when he starts sweating. He has his cast broken off after it is blackened. He arrives in Jefferson with the family. He decides to be present at Addie’s burial rather than going straight to the doctor’s. He sits on the wagon with family sans Darl, eating bananas.