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Jewel

“Then Jewel is enclosed by a glittering maze of hooves as by an illusion of wings; among them, beneath the upreared chest, he moves with the flashing limberness of a snake. For an instant before the jerk comes onto his arms he sees his whole body earth-free, horizontal, whipping snake-limber, until he finds the horse’s nostrils and touches earth again” (12).

The narrator does not provide an emotional description of Jewel’s reaction to the horse standing up. The narrator is in awe of Jewel’s composed demeanor and competence working with the horse.

As I Lay Moaning

“The cow lows at the foot of the bluff. She nuzzles me, snuffing, blowing her breath in a sweet, hot blast, through my dress, against my hot nakedness, moaning.” (61)

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text. New York: Vintage Books, 1985. Print.

This sexualization of an animal, which occurs¬†also with Jewel and his horse, seems to follow the development of Dewey Dell’s own sexuality.