The Scarlet Ibis
by James Hurst
The Scarlet Ibis Memory and the Past Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Part.Paragraph)
The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted […] through every room of our house, speaking softly the names of our dead. (1.1)
"The Scarlet Ibis" doesn't discuss the family's ancestors, but this line prepares the reader to travel back in the past with Brother. It also sets a tone of sadness and mourning.
It's strange that all this is still so clear to me, now that summer has long since fled and time has had its way. (1.2)
This lets us know we're going to take a trip down memory lane. Time having "its way" is a way of thinking about time. If it's had "its way," it has passed. The line is a little ironic, because Brother lives in the past. Like Gavin Stevens says in William Faulkner's A Requiem for a Nun, "The past is never dead. It isn't even past."