As I Lay Dying

“She looks at us.   Only her eyes seem to move. It’s like they touch us, not with sight or sense, but like the stream from a hose touches you, the stream at the instant of impact as dissociated from the nozzle as though it had never been there.  She does not look at Anse at all.  She looks at me, then at the boy.  Beneath the quilt she is no more than a bundle of rotten sticks.”

William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying, The Modern Library Editions, 2000

Notes: Stream of consciousness, attempting to figure out what Addie is thinking; eyes gateway to some other emotions Peabody can’t figure out; still not aware of the reason why she does not look at Anse; withholding information.

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