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The single chapter in As I Lay Dying where Moseley becomes the narrative focalizer is anomalous because the focalizer is a character that had not yet been mentioned and is never mentioned again The general pattern in the novel is that each focalizer is either a recurring character or is mentioned for the first time in the last sentences of one chapter and then becomes the narrative focalizer in the next In the last sentence of one early Darl chapter Darl says that When Peabody comes they will have to use the rope 40 The reader has not heard the name Peabody yet and as if to answer the question of Peabodys identity in the next chapter Peabody is the focalizer 41-46 It is as if we are introduced to somebody at a party and then are allowed to have a conversation with them Being introduced to them in the previous chapter is important in giving the reader some understanding of where the character fits in The sentence when Peabody comes certainly does not give us too much information but at least we know he is somebody the family knows who is coming to help them out In a similar way Darl and Dewey Dell and Jewel are all introduced into the novel Moseley by contrast is like an individual who comes up to you at a party and just starts talking There is no way for the reader as he or she first reads this chapter to place this woman in the larger framework of the story and more importantly no way to place the short tale of the chapter in the larger framework of the story We see a girl who has gone to a drugstore to get an abortion but up to this point none of the focalizers have even been in a town As the chapter continues we realize that this scene which was so confusing while in
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