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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

by William Faulkner

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Quote #7

And then I knew that I knew. I knew that as plain on that day as I knew about Dewey Dell on that day. (32.63)

Darl’s conception of fact is actually conjecture.

Quote #8

When the only sin she ever committed was being partial to Jewel that never loved her and was its own punishment, in preference to Darl that was touched by God Himself and considered queer by us mortals and that did love her.

Cora’s lack of knowledge of the Bundrens’ family dynamic as well as her devout Christian faith limits the accuracy of her perceptions.

Quote #9

I don’t know how he knowed, but he did. Vardaman seen him do it, but he swore he never told nobody but Dewey Dell and that she told him not to tell nobody. But Gillespie knowed it. But he would a suspicioned it sooner or later. He could have done it that night just watching the way Darl acted. (52.1)

Everyone seems to think they know something, but in the end a lot of information is assumed or told second-hand and thought of as factual. Faulkner leaves holes in the story so readers can interpret the truth for themselves.

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