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Light in August

Light in August

by William Faulkner

Light in August Chapter 21 Summary

  • A furniture dealer tells his wife about a couple he just met on the road.
  • He recalls meeting Byron, Lena, and her baby who need a ride "down the road."
  • He learns that Byron is not the father of the baby, and that the couple is looking for a third man.
  • The furniture dealer stops driving for the night, and Lena asks to sleep in the bed of the truck.
  • When Byron tries to sleep with her, Lena rejects him and sends him to sleep somewhere else.
  • Byron leaves and it doesn't look like he's coming back.
  • The next day, Lena and the driver start their journey again. Eventually Byron appears at the side of the road and joins up with Lena once again.
  • The strange family heads into Tennessee and Lena remarks that she's traveled more in the past two months than she has in her entire life.

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