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Cora and her thoughts

‘“She ought to taken them,” Kate says, “But those rich town ladies can change their minds. Poor folks cant.” Riches is nothing in the face of the Lord, for He can see into the heart. “Maybe I can sell them at the bazaar Saturday,” I say. They turned out real well.’ (7)

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text. First Vintage International Edition. New York: Vintage Books, 1990. Print.

Between the dialogue, the line about the Lord, caught my attention because it seems to come out of nowhere. We get a sense of Cora’s thought, or what she thinks about, before she actually answers out loud. This happens often in each of her sections, as she makes references to the Lord.

Cora’s voice

“She lived, a lonely woman, lonely with her pride, trying to make folks believe different, hiding the fact that they just suffered her, because she was not cold in the coffin before they were carting her forty miles away to bury her, flouting the will of God to fo it.”

Faulkner, William. As I lay  dying. Modern Library Edition, 2012. p20

The narration of Cora is interesting as she sometimes  sounds so descriptive, like an omniscient narrator, giving us information on characters; this being due to the fact that she has one of the most intelligible discourse in the novel. Nonetheless we know her speech is not impartial as it bears the traces of her deep religiousness.