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As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner
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.