As I Lay Dying
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Vardaman Bundren Timeline and Summary
- Vardaman proudly flops the big fish on the ground before Anse and Vernon.
- He goes in the house to ask to see his mother but is stopped by his father.
- He goes to clean the fish.
- Vardaman returns to the porch with blood up to his knees, explaining that the fish had a lot of guts.
- Vardaman asks his father if his ma is more sick.
- Vardaman pulls Peabody up the mountain to the Bundren house.
- He leaves Addie’s room to go on the porch with Anse, upon Peabody’s request.
- He hides behind Anse’s knees during Addie’s death.
- Vardaman runs out of the room after his mom’s death.
- Vardaman runs to the porch, crying.
- He runs to the horse stalls, vomiting.
- Vardaman attacks the horses with sticks, causing them to run away.
- He doesn’t respond to Cash’s or Dewey Dell’s calls.
- He sits in the dark: "Cooked and et. Cooked and et" (13.30).
- Vardaman tells Dewey Dell that Peabody killed their mom.
- He tells Dewey Dell that he doesn’t want to go to Jefferson.
- Vardaman runs/walks over four miles to the Tulls’ in the middle of the night.
- Vardaman asks Tull to verify the existence of the fish he caught.
- He returns with Vernon and Cora back to his farm to place his mother in a coffin.
- He makes a big commotion when Cora cooks up the fish.
- Dewey Dell talks with him in the barn.
- He goes missing until Vernon and Cora spot him fishing by the slough.
- Vardaman leaves for Jefferson with the family.
- Vardaman stay overnight at Samson’s with the family.
- Vardaman arrives at the flooded bridge with the family.
- He walks across, holding Vernon’s hand.
- He shouts for Darl to save their mom’s body.
- He stays overnight at Armstid’s with the family.
- Vardaman arrives in Mottson with the family.
- Vardaman gets sand for Darl to mix with the cement for Cash’s leg.
- He wonders where the buzzards go at night.
- Vardaman goes out to see where the buzzards go and sees the burning barn.
- He promises Dewey Dell that he won’t tell what he saw.
- He arrives in Jefferson with the family.
- Vardaman buries Addie with family.
- Vardaman goes with Dewey Dell to the pharmacy at 10pm.
- He goes back to the hotel with Dewey Dell.
- He eats bananas with Dewey Dell on the family wagon.