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AP Literature and Composition As I Lay Dying In Faulkners As I Lay Dying Addie Bundren passes away by page 48 of the novel Although we have not heard from her character directly we are aware of certain characteristics that pertain to her Through the narrations of characters such as Darl Cora Jewel Peabody and Tull we are aware of what kind of woman she appears to be her values in life and the type and level of relationships she had with her husband and with her children In Darls narration you get a first glimpse into one of Addies values Addie Bundren could want a better on a better box to lie in It will give her confidence and comfort Faulkner 5 The construction of her coffin is extremely important to Addie She requested that her coffin be built with extreme care and craftsmanship by Cash showing Addies yearning for perfection and a place of comfort when she has left the work and agony of the Bundren farm We learn of Addies condition during Coras narration She is described as frail and lifeless as she sits in her bed watching Cash construct the vessel where she is to spend the remainder of her life after she dies The quilt is drawn up to her chin hot as it is with only her two hands and her face outside She is propped on the pillow with her head raised so she can see out the windows and we can hear him every time he takes up the adze or the saw If we were deaf we could almost watch her face and her hem see him Her face is wasted away so that the bones draw just under the skin in white lines Her eyes are like two candles when you watch them gutter down into the sockets of iron candle-sticks But the eternal and the everlasting salvation and grace is not
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