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Delays and implications

“It was then, and then I saw Darl and he knew. He said he knew without 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 theĀ  words I would not have believed that he had been there and saw us. But he said he did know and I said “Are you going to tell pa are you going to kill him?” without the words I said it and he said “Why?” without the words. And that’s why I can talk to him with knowing with hating because he knows.”

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. New York: Modern Library. 2012. Print. pp. 24

Faulkner seems to often use delayed writing, along with slight implications to control the revelations of many things, revealing them gradually to the reader.