As I Lay Dying
Important Quotations Explained
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.
mother is a horse,” Darl said.
“Then mine can be a fish, can’t it, Darl?” I said.
. . .
“Then what is your ma, Darl?” I said.
“I haven’t got ere one,” Darl said. “Because if I had one, it is was. And if it was, it cant be is. Can it?”
dont ever fit even what they are trying to say at. . . . [M]otherhood
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.
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.
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.
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