As I Lay Dying
Duty Quotes Page 1
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"She ought to taken them," Kate says. "But those rich town ladies can change their minds. Poor folks cant" (2.4).
Rich people are free of the sense of responsibility which so plagues the Bundrens.
Then they are rigid, motionless, terrific, the horse back-thrust on stiffened, quivering legs, with lowered head; Jewel with dug heels, shutting off the horse’s wind with one hand, with the other patting the horse’s neck in short strokes myriad and caressing, cursing the horse with obscene ferocity.
They stand in rigid terrific hiatus, the horse trembling and groaning. Then Jewel is on the horse’s back. He flows upward in a stooping swirl like the lash of a whip, his body in mid-air shaped to the horse. For another moment the horse stands spraddled, with lowered head, before it bursts into motion. (3.8-9)
Jewel’s steady patience and persistence explain his affinity for horses.
Sawing and knocking, and keeping the air always moving so fast on her face that when you’re tired you can’t breathe it, and that goddamn adze going One lick less. One lick less. One lick less until everybody that passes in the road will have to stop and see it and say what a fine carpenter he is. (4.2)
Jewel resents Cash’s actions because he doesn’t understand him. He mistakenly believes that his brother is reveling in his abilities.