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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

by William Faulkner

Duty Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

I made it on the bevel.

1. There is more surface for the nails to grip.
2. There is twice the gripping-surface to each seam. (18.1-3)

From Cash’s perspective, we see that his obsession with the coffin is really a reflection of his love for his mother.

Quote #5

She laid there three days in that box, waiting for Darl and Jewel to come clean back home and get a new wheel and go back to where the wagon was in the ditch. Take my team, Anse, I said.

We’ll wait for ourn, he said. She’ll want it so. She was ever a particular woman.

On the third day they got back and they loaded her into the wagon and started and it already too late. You’ll have to go all the way round by Samson’s bridge. It’ll take you a day to get there. Then you’ll be forty miles from Jefferson. Take my team, Anse.

We’ll wait for ourn. She’ll want it so.
(20.72-5)

Anse insists he’s doing his duty as Addie’s husband, but it’s clear that such perseverance is impractical.

Quote #6

Ma wanted to get the doctor, but pa didn’t want to spend the money without it was needful, and Jewel did seem all right except for his thinness and his way of dropping off to sleep at any moment. (32.17)

Jewel’s perseverance in obtaining his horse defines his character.

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