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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

by William Faulkner

Duty Quotes

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Quote #7

It wasn’t on a balance. I told them that if they wanted it to tote and ride on a balance, they would have to – (38.1)

Cash repeats the same line we heard earlier in Chapter 22. His blind insistence mirrors that of his father’s.

Quote #8

"But I reckon I can talk him around," he says. "A man’ll always help a fellow in a tight, if he’s got ere a drop of Christian blood in him." (43.4)

The Bundren’s persistent faith in God is mocked by the tragedy which befalls them.

Quote #9

It wasn’t nothing else to do. It was either send him to Jackson, or have Gillespie sue us, because he knows some way that Darl set fire to it. I don’t know how he knowed, but he did. (53.1)

Anse does his duty as a citizen by sending Darl to the mental institution, but he betrays his duty to his family in doing so.

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