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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

by William Faulkner

Suffering Quotes

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Quote #4

I felt the current take us and I knew we were on the ford by that reason, since it was only by means of that slipping contact that we could tell that we were in motion at all. What had once been a flat surface was now a succession of troughs and hillocks lifting and falling about us, shoving at us, teasing at us with light lazy touches in the vain instants of solidity underfoot. Cash looked back at me, and then I knew that we were gone. (34.52)

In a way, Anse is right about bad luck – the Bundrens suffer at the hands of every possible calamity. It almost feels as though the world, or at least nature, really is against them.

Quote #5

"They can’t be far away," pa says. "It all went together. Was there ere a such misfortunate man." (37.4)

Anse selfishly pities his luck after his sons unsuccessfully and almost fatally ford the river while he watched from the other side.

Quote #6

And then, life wasn’t made to be easy on folks: they wouldn’t ever have any reason to be good and die. (45.37)

This suggests that Addie got the better end of things by dying – she was at least spared the suffering of continuing to live.

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