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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying


by William Faulkner

Dewey Dell Bundren Timeline and Summary

  • Dewey Dell recounts her picking cotton by the woods with Lafe.
  • She made a deal with herself whether or not she would have sex with Lafe, depending on the fullness of her cotton sack.
  • Dewey Dell is pregnant, and no one else knows but Darl.
  • She continues to be in the room with Addie, fanning her.
  • Dewey Dell tells Peabody that Addie wants him to leave the room.
  • She says that Addie wants to see Jewel.
  • She throws herself onto Addie’s body after she dies.
  • Dewey Dell finally stops fanning while keening.
  • Dewey Dell goes onto the porch before start dinner and speaks in abstractions to Peabody, requesting an abortion.
  • She prepares a dinner of turnip greens, bread, and buttermilk.
  • She calls for Vardaman to return for supper (though she doesn’t eat).
  • Dewey Dell finds him in the barn, en route to milking the cow.
  • She gives Vardaman a harsh shaking.
  • She talks to him in the barn after Vardaman freaks out about Cora cooking the fish.
  • Dewey Dell leaves for Jefferson with the family.
  • Dewey Dell stays overnight at Samson’s with the family.
  • She arrives at the flooded bridge with the family.
  • She walks across the bridge.
  • She chases Vardaman when he runs after Darl.
  • Dewey Dell stays overnight at Armstid’s with the family.
  • Dewey Dell arrives in Mottson with the family.
  • Dewey Dell goes to the pharmacy and asks the druggist Moseley to give her something to abort her pregnancy for ten bucks.
  • Dewey Dell leaves Moseley’s without any medicine.
  • She tells Vardaman to keep the burning barn events a secret.
  • She calls for Jewel when he runs to the coffin by the fire.
  • She changes clothes on the side of the road before arriving in Jefferson.
  • Dewey Dell is perhaps the one who told officials that Darl started the fire.
  • She arrives in Jefferson with the family.
  • Dewey Dell throws herself on Darl, clawing at him, to ensure the officials get him.
  • She goes to a local pharmacy and offers ten dollars (but pays more in dignity fees) to MacGowan for a supposed abortion fix.
  • She is coerced into having sex with MacGowan in the cellar.
  • She goes back to the hotel with Vardaman, talking about bananas.
  • She is sitting on the wagon, eating bananas with Vardaman.