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confinement in As I Lay Dying

It was nigh toward daybreak when we drove the last nail and toted it into the house, where she was laying on the bed with the window open and the rain blowing on her again.  Twice he did it, and him so dead for sleep that Cora says his face looked like one of these here Christmas masts that had done been buried a while and then dug up, until at last they put her into it and nailed it down so he couldn’t open the window on her no more.  And the next  morning they found him in his shirt tail, laying asleep on the floor like a felled steer, and the top of the box bored clean full of holes and Cash’s new auger broke off in the last one.  When they taken the lid off they found that two of them had bored on into her face. (73)

Faulkner, William.  As I Lay Dying.  New York: Vintage, 1990.

Notes: liberation, confinement, ignorance, fish as a metaphor, coffin aquarium? view from outside, a neighbor, different perspective.