As I Lay Dying
Family Quotes Page 2
How we cite our quotes:
"She is going to die," he says. And old turkey-buzzard Tull coming to watch her die but I can fool them.
"When is she going to die?" I say.
"Before we get back," he says.
"Then why are you taking Jewel?" I say.
"I want him to help me load," he says. (7.6-10)
Darl is so jealous of his mother’s love for Jewel that he deprives her of her favorite son’s presence at her death.
"Why didn’t you send for me sooner?" I say.
"Hit was jest one thing and then another," he says. "That ere corn me and the boys was aimin’ to git up with, and Dewey Dell a-takin’ good keer of her, and folks comin’ in, a-offerin’ to help and sich, till I jest thought…"
"Damn the money," I say. "Did you ever hear of me worrying a fellow before he was ready to pay?"
"Hit ain’t begrudgin’ the money," he says. "I jest kept a-thinkin’…She’s goin’, is she?" (11.16-7)
This is the first of many pieces of evidence we get suggesting that Anse does not really love Addie.
Cash is filling up the holes he bored in the top of it. He is trimming out plugs for them, one at a time, the wood wet and hard to work. He could cut up a tin can and hide the holes and nobody wouldn’t know the difference. Wouldn’t mind, anyway. I have seen him spend a hour trimming out a wedge like it was glass he was working, when he could have reached around and picked up a dozen sticks and drove them into the joint and made it do. (20.20)
Cash shows his love for his mother in the meticulous work he does for her coffin.