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As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner
Events / Section Forty-Three, narrated by Armstid
As I Lay Dying Section Forty-Three, narrated by Armstid Summary
At dinner, Anse refuses to use Armstid’s team of mules – he would rather buy a new team of his own. Meantime, Jewel goes to get Peabody to fix Cash’s leg. All he can find is a horse doctor, who does what he can. Cash elects to pass out rather than complain. Anse rides Jewel’s horse over to Snopes' to find a team of mules to buy. Vardaman chases the buzzards around. When Anse returns and announces that he mortgaged all his stuff to buy a new team, Darl knows that he must have traded away something more than his junky farm equipment. As it turns out, Darl is right. Anse used the eight dollars that Cash had been saving up to buy a graphophone. He also used some money from his own personal "Let’s get me some teeth!" fund. Oh, and he also traded away Jewel’s horse. Jewel takes his horse and rides off into the horizon. Anse claims that his family will go with their own team, again refusing Armstid’s offer to lend his own mules. Cash is placed on a quilt on top of Addie’s coffin. The next morning, Snopes brings the mules over and explains that Jewel’s horse was left on his property (meaning the trade went through.) Jewel is nowhere to be seen. Armstid notes that there’s something about Anse that makes other men want to help him.
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