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McGill University
English (Arts)
ENGL 226
Kait Pinder

William Faulkner Reading AS I LAY DYING BY WILLIAM FAULKNER Identify • "That's what they mean by the love that passeth understanding: that pride, that furious desire to hide that abject nakedness which we bring here with us,…carry stubbornly and furiously with us into the earth again" • "Jewel's mother is a horse.' Darl said. 'Then mine can be a fish, can't it, Darl?' I said." • "words don't ever fit even what they are trying to say at…Motherhood was invented by someone who had to have a word for it because the ones that had the children didn't care whether there was a word for it or not." • "Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way. It's like it aint so much what a fellow does, but it's the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it." • "It's Cash and Jewel and Vardaman and Dewey Dell,' pa says, kind of hangdog and proud too, with his teeth and all, even if he wouldn't look at us. 'Meet Mrs Bundren,' he says." • "In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied for sleep you are not. And when you are filled with sleep, you never were. I don't know what I am. I don't know if I am or not. Jewel knows he is, because he does not know that he does not know where he is or not. He cannot empty himself for sleep because he is not what he is and he is what he is not. Beyond the unlamped wall I can hear the rain shaping the wagon that is ours, the load that is no longer theirs that felled and sawed it nor yet theirs that bought it and which is not ours either, lie on our wagon though it does, since only the wind and the rain shape it only to Jewel and me, that
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