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.