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As I Lay Dying Characters by Mind Map: As I Lay Dying Characters
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As I Lay Dying Characters

Reverend Whitfield

“Not even after Brother Whitfield, a godly man if ever one breathed God’s breath, prayed for [Addie] and strove as never a man could except him” - Cora 167

“I would never again see him coming swift and secret to me in the woods dressed in sin like a gallant garment already blowing aside with the speed of his secret coming.” - Addie 175

“When they told me she was dying, all that night I wrestled with Satan, and emerged victorious” - Whitfield 177

“My soul felt freer, quieter than it had in years; already I seemed to dwell abiding peace again as I rode on.” - Whitfield 178

"...her soul faced the awful and irrevocable judgement, peace to her ashes." - Whitfield on Addie 179

Addie Bundren

“And that may have been when I first found out, that Addie Bundren should be hiding anything she did, who had tried to teach us that deceit was such that, in a world where it was, nothing else could be very bad or very important, not even poverty.” - Darl 130

“She has had a hard life, but so does every woman. Buy you’d think from the way she talked that she knew more about sin and salvation than the Lord God Himself” - Cora 167

“That was when I learned that words are no good; that words dont ever fit even what they are trying to say at.” - Addie 171

“He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill the lack” - Addie 172

Anse Bundren

Anse is such a dunce. He doesn't even know Addie had an affair!

“And pa thinks because neighbors will always treat one another that way because he has always been too busy letting neighbors do for him to find out.” - Dewey Dell 26

“I knew that nobody but a luckless man could ever need a doctor in the face of a cyclone. And I knew that if it had finally occurred to Anse himself that he needed on, it was already too late.” - Peabody 42

“And now I got to pay for it, me without a tooth in my head” - Anse 37

“Nowhere in this sinful world can a honest, hardworking man profit... Sometimes I wonder why we keep at it. It’s because there is a reward for us above, where they cant take their autos and such.” -Anse 110

"But couldn't no woman strove harder than Addie to make them right, man and boy: I'll say that for her" -Anse on Addie 38

Darl Bundren

p. 27 (Dewey Dell) "He said he knew witihout the words like he told me that ma is going to die without words, and I knew he knew because if he had said he knew with the words I would not have believed that he had been there and saw us."

p.21 (Cora) "I always said he was the only one of them that had his mother's nature, had any natural affection."

p.80 "I dont know what I am. I dont know if I am or not. Jewel knows he is, because he does not know that he does not know whter he is or not. He cannot empty himself for sleep because he is not what he is and he is what he is not.... How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home."

p. 11 "I used to lie on the pallet in the hall, waiting until I could hear them all asleep, so I could get up and go back to the bucket. It would be black, the shelf black, the still surface of the water a round orifice in nothingness..."

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Cash Bundren

p. 233 "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."

p. 124 (Tull) "...Cash turned and looked at me with that look in his eyes like when he was figuring on whether the planks would fit her that night, like he was measuring them inside of him and not asking you to say what you though and not even letting on he was listening if you did say it, but listening all right."

p. 142 (Darl) "he and I look at one another with long probing looks, looks that plunge unimpeded through one another's eyes and into the ultimate secret place where for an instant Cash and Darl crouch flagrant and unabashed in all the old terror and the old foreboding, alert and secret without shame."

p. 82 - 83 "Cash's List" ...reveals feelings toward Addie

Jewel Bundren

p. 15 "It would just be me and her on a high hill and me rolling the rocks down the hill faces and teeth and all by God until she was quest and not that goddam adze going One lick less..."

p.21 (Cora) "Not that Jewel, the one she labored so to bear and coddled and petted so and him flinging into tantrums or sulking spells, inventing devilment to devil her until I would have frailed him time and time..."

p.190 "What horse? You mean, you tried to swap my horse?"

p. 101 (Darl) "Jewel's mother is a horse."

p. 14 "It's because he stays out there, right under the window, hammering and sawing on that goddam box. Where she's got to see him. Where every breath she draws is full of his knocking and sawing where she can see him saying See... I told him to go somewhere else. I said Good God do you want to see her in it".

Dewey Dell Bundren

p.120 "I heard that my mother is dead. I wish I had time to let her die. I wish I had time to wish I had. It is because in the wild and outraged earth too soon..."

p. 200 (Moseley) "It was her eyes: kind of dumb and hopeful and sullenly willing to be disappointed all at the same time. But hse was in trouble of some sort; I could see that."

p. 103 (Darl) "Her face is calm and sullen, her eyes brooding and alert; within them I can see Peabody's backlike two round peas in two thimbles..."

p. 121 "I killed Darl."

p. 58 "But I know it is there because God gave women a sign when something happened bad. It's because I am alone. If I could just feel it, it would be different, because I would not be alone.

Vardamen Bundren

p. 84 "My mother is a fish."

p. 66-67 “It was not her because it was laying right yonder in the dirt. And now it’s all chopped up. I chopped it up. It’s laying in the kitchen in the bleeding pan, waiting to be cooked and et. Then it wasn’t and she was, and now it is and she wasn’t”

p.38 (Anse) "Well, I reckon I aint no call to expect no more of him than of his man-growed brothers."

p. 31 (Tull) "Vardaman cusses it. He cusses it like a grown man, standing a-straddle of it."

Cora Tull

“But I reckon Cora’s right when she says the reason the Lord had to create women is because man dont know his own good when he sees it.” - Vernon 71

“And I would think then when Cora talked to me, how the high dead words in time seemed to lose even the significance of their dead sound.” - Addie 175

“Why, for the last three weeks I have been coming over every time I could, coming sometimes when I shouldn’t have, neglecting my own family and duties so that somebody would be with her in her last moments... without one familiar face to give her courage... I will expect the same for myself” - Cora 22

“I have tried to live right in the sight of God and man, for the honor and comfort of my Christian husband and the love and respect of my Christian children.” - Cora 23

"She has had a hard life, but so does every woman. But you'd think from the way she talked that she knew more about sin and salvation than the Lord God Himself" - Cora on Addie 167

Vernon Tull

“...it was maybe Vernon Tull sending for me again, getting me there in the nick of time, as Vernon always does things, getting the most for Anse’s money like he does for his own.” - Peabody 41

"Jewel looks at Vernon. Vernon is tall, too; long and lean, eye to eye they stand in their close wet clothes." - Darl 161

"I never meant no harm" - Vernon 126

"...there I was, standing knee deep in the wayer, yelling at Anse behind me: "See what you done now?" - Vernon 154

"'She has hern,' I say. 'Wherever she went, she has her reward in being free of Anse Bundren.'" - Vernon on Addie 92

Peabody

"When Peabody comes, they will have to use the rope. He has pussel-gutted himself eating cold greens. With the rope they will haul him up the path, balloon-like up the sulphurous air." - Darl 40

"Neither does Peabody mind the folks falling" - Vernon 90

“I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind - and that of the minds of the ones who suffer the bereavement.” - Peabody 44

"God Almighty, why didn't Anse carry you to the nearest sawmill and stick your leg in the saw? That would have cured it. Then you all could have stuck his head into the saw and cured a while family.... Where is Anse, anyway?" - Peabody 240

"She watches me: I can feel her eyes. It's like she's shoving at me with them." - Peabody on Addie 45