As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
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Section 1

Darl Bundren narrates. He and his younger brother Jewel come in from the field, passing a dilapidated cotton house. Darl walks around the shack, bu...

Section 2

Vernon Tull narrates. He and Anse talk about sending the boys off with the lumber; Anse continues to say he doesn’t like doing it, but he has to....

Section 3

Vardaman narrates. He is disturbed by the idea of shutting Addie up in the coffin. He speaks confusedly about the wonders of town and the mysteries...

Section 4

Darl narrates. Jewel approaches in the distance. The Bundrens pass Tull’s place slowly, waving. Cash observes that the body will stink soon, and ...

Section 5

Tull narrates. He sees Darl leap from the wagon. Vardaman, excited, runs ahead of him, Dewey Dell trying to restrain him. Cash loses hold of the co...

Section 6

Vardaman narrates. He and Darl discuss the buzzards. Cash is in pain, but denies it, claiming that his leg only hurts when they go over bumps.

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Section 7

Cash justifies the family’s decision to send Darl to the asylum. Gillespie was threatening to sue them for the destruction of the barn (he found ...

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