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As I Lay Dying Section Fifty-Nine, narrated by Cash

By William Faulkner

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Section Fifty-Nine, narrated by Cash

  • Anse is gone a long time while supposedly returning the shovels. He insisted that he had to be the one to bring them back.
  • While waiting outside, Cash remembers the graphophone they heard earlier. He thinks music is just about the greatest thing in the world. He thinks he could have bought one with five dollars, except that Anse took the money for the replacement mules.
  • After he comes back, Anse goes into the barber’s to get a shave. Cash notices that he’s all prettied up when he comes back.
  • The next morning, Anse asks Cash if he has any more money. Cash says no, and then says that if they need anything else, they should go to Peabody. Anse says no, they don’t need anything else.
  • Cash waits in the wagon with Jewel, Vardaman, and Dewey Dell, who are eating bananas.
  • Finally, they see Anse approaching with the woman he borrowed the spades from. Jewel notices that he finally got the teeth he’s been talking about.
  • The woman in question is "duck-shaped," dressed-up, and carrying a little graphophone. Cash momentarily wishes that Darl were around so that he could listen to the music, too, but concludes that "this world is not his world; this life his life."
  • Pa introduces all of his children to the new Mrs. Bundren.

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