Study Guide

As I Lay Dying Section Fifty-One, narrated by Vardaman

By William Faulkner

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Section Fifty-One, narrated by Vardaman

  • The cement around Cash’s leg is blackened. Anse tries to break the cast off.
  • Gillespie wonders why they ever put cement on it without greasing it up first. Anse claims he had the boy’s best interest at heart.
  • Darl is nowhere to be found until Vardaman sees him lying on Addie’s coffin, crying.
  • Dewey Dell applies a butter ointment onto Jewel’s burnt back.
  • Darl continues to cry over Addie’s coffin while Vardaman tries to console him.

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