Study Guide

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

By William Faulkner

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Section Fifty-Six, narrated by Vardaman

  • Vardaman waits outside while Dewey Dell is in the pharmacy.
  • He keeps thinking about Darl, his brother, who is going to Jackson because he is crazy.
  • Vardaman notices a cow across the street. No one else is out at night.
  • Vardaman thinks about the train set in the window they passed.
  • After a long time, Dewey Dell comes out, cursing the "doctor" and saying that she knows it won’t work.
  • Vardaman wants to know what won’t work, but Dewey Dell just answers that they should go back to their hotel.

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