As I Lay Dying
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But when we got it filled and covered and drove out the gate and turned into the lane where them fellows was waiting, when they come out and come on him and he jerked back, it was Dewey Dell that was on him before even Jewel could get at him (53.40).
Addie’s burial is not the momentous occasion it was previously made out to be. In fact, it’s not even covered in the narration. What do you make of that?
"God Amighty, why didn’t Anse carry you to the nearest sawmill and stick your leg in the saw? That would have cured it. Then you all could have stuck his head into the saw and cured a whole family…" (54.7)
This is a bit of dark humor, but it’s not out of line in this novel. Death in many ways is the cure for the suffering life brings.
"It’s just a loan. God knows, I hate for my blooden children to reproach me. But I give them what was mine without stint. Cheerful I give them, without stint. And now they deny me. Addie. It was lucky for you you died, Addie." (58.24)
Anse begins to realize what the reader has known all along: that death is the best deal around.