As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner
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As I Lay Dying Section Twenty-Seven, narrated by Darl Summary

  • Jewel rides up three hundred yards behind the wagon in what Darl describes as a "dreamlike" sequence (27.2).
  • The family passes a sign announcing that New Hope Church is three miles away.
  • Cash warns that the corpse will start to smell soon. He also worries that the ill-balanced coffin will fall from the wagon.
  • Galloping swiftly alongside or in front of the wagon, Jewel’s horse kicks dirt onto Addie’s coffin. Cash takes care to remove the dirt stain with wet leaves.

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