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As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner
Jewel Bundren Timeline and Summary
Jewel’s history: he secretly worked overnight for months on Quick’s forty-acre field to earn his horse. Jewel returns from the fields with Darl, taller and soldier-like, stepping through cottonhouse windows. He goes straight into the pasture after getting home, whistles for his horse. Jewel more or less gets in a brutal fight with the horse, and reigns him in to feed him. Jewel commands the horse to eat all the free hay he can get, while no one else is watching (except for Darl). Jewel resents Cash for flashily building the coffin for Addie for everyone to see. Jewel seems to be a man of few words, often described as wooden. He hates people who speak as though his mom were going to die tomorrow. He is in denial about the depth of Addie’s sickness. Jewel leaves with Darl to earn three dollars. Jewel attempts to free the wagon from the ditch after a wheel breaks. Jewel is told by Darl that their mother has died. Jewel returns to the barn with Darl. He roughly hurries the coffin onto the wagon. He curses Darl to his face. Jewel goes to the barn, rebelling against Anse’s wishes. Jewel rides his horse to catch up with the family at Tull’s. He stays overnight at Samson’s with the family. He offers to pay Samson for extra food for his horse. Jewel arrives at the flooded bridge with the family. Jewel shuts Vernon up when he suggests that they prolong the journey even longer. Jewel demands that Vernon lend his mule to them. Jewel leads the river cross on his horse. He is thrown into the water and separated from his horse. Jewel looks for Cash’s tools, is successful at finding several tools. Jewel stays overnight at Armstid’s with the family. He rides off with his horse after hearing that Anse bartered it for a team. Jewel trades the horse for the mules, but doesn’t go with the family. Jewel returns to the family after they’ve arrived in Mottson. Jewel curses Darl when he asks who his father is. Jewel frees the animals from the burning barn. Jewel saves his mother's coffin from the fire. He almost gets in a fight with a townsperson on the way to Jefferson. He arrives in Jefferson with the family. Jewel tells officials to kill Darl.