"Why didn’t you send for me sooner?" I say.
"Hit was jest one thing and then another," he says. "That ere corn me and the boys was aimin’ to git up with, and Dewey Dell a-takin’ good keer of her, and folks comin’ in, a-offerin’ to help and sich, till I jest thought…"
"Damn the money," I say. "Did you ever hear of me worrying a fellow before he was ready to pay?" (11.16-7)
Anse risks his wife’s life just to save money. As readers, we may be inclined to condemn him for this, but it soon becomes clear that even the smallest amount of money is a matter of life and death for the Bundrens.