| Quote #7
I am chosen of the Lord, for who He loveth, so doeth He chastiseth. But I be durn if He don’t take some curious ways to show it, seems like. (28.2)
Anse believes that God punishes him because He loves him. He (Anse) seems to be comforting himself.
| Quote #8
"I give her my word," Anse says. "It is sacred on me. I know you begrudge it, but she will bless you in heaven." (33.12)
This would suggest that Anse tries so hard to fulfill his wife’s wishes for religious reasons.
| Quote #9
I said, "Just because you have been a faithful wife is no sign that there is no sin in your heart, and just because your life is hard is no sign that the Lord’s grace is absolving you." And she said, "I know my own sin. I know that I deserve my punishment. I do not begrudge it." (39.1)
Addie views her death as the punishment she deserves for having an affair. That is why she so willingly goes toward death.