Day 1-Addie's Death
"“It was nigh to midnight and it had set in to rain when he woke us”(68)
“They set it down by the bed. Peabody says quietly:’Let’s eat a snack. It’s almost daylight.’”(80)
Day 2, The Wake
“It was ten oclock when I got back….” (85)
On this day all the neighbors come to the house and mourn. The coffin was finished that very morning, and Vernon arrives after going home first.
Day 3-Travel begins
“They are waiting for us, ready for the moving of it, waiting for him”95
Jewel and Darl get back the third day.
“I am not even touching it when, turning, he lets it overshoot him, swinging, and stops it and sloughs it into the wagon bed in the same motion and looks back at me, his face suffused with fury and despair"(99)
Upon their arrival the coffin is immediately loaded.
“Cash spits over the wheel. ‘In a couple of days now it’ll be smelling,’ he says”(108)
“‘See them?’ I say. High above the house, against the quick thick sky, they hang in narrowing circles”(94)
“It was just before sundown. We were sitting on the porch when the wagon came up the road with the five of them in it and the other one on the horse behind"(112)
“a woman that’s been dead in a box four days, the best way to respect her is to get her into the ground as quick as you can”(116)
Finishing the Coffin
"She lies back and turns her head without so much as glancing at pa. She looks at Vardaman; her eyes, the life in them, rushing suddenly upon them; the two flames glare up for a steady instant. Then they go out as though someone had leaned down and blown upon them”(48)
Darl and Jewel leave before she dies to go to town.
Day 6-Armstid's, Snopes'
“Next morning Anse taken that horse and rose over to the Bend to see Snopes”(186)
They wait at Armstid's for one day.
"Along toward nine oclock it begun to get hot. That was when I see the first buzzard. Because of the wetting, I reckon.....I could smell it in the field a mile away from just watching them, and them circling and circling for everybody in the county to see what was in my barn"(186)
“And they wouldn’t even stay, and that boy chasing them buzzards all day in the hot sun until he was nigh as crazy as the rest of them”(191)
“‘Anse’s boy taken that horse and cleared out last night’”(193)
“Now there are seven of them, in little tall black circles"(194)
“‘When will we get to Mottson, Darl?’ I say. ‘Tomorrow,’”196
Day 8-Mottson, Gillespie's
"handkerchiefs to their noses….It had been eight days….It must have been like a piece of rotten cheese coming into an ant-hill”203
"'We done bought the cement'....'It aint but one more day'"(207)
They try to set Cash's leg with raw cement, and will arrive in Jefferson tomorrow.
"Gillespie...he knowed some way that Darl set fire to it"(232)
Darl tries to burn Addie and the barn while they stay the night at Gillespie's
Day 9-Jefferson, Addie's Burial
“passing the cabins where faces come suddenly to the doors, white-eyed…. shock and instinctive outrage. ‘Great God,’ one says; ‘what they got in that wagon?’”(240)
Darl tries to procrastinate Addie's burial, saying:
“She’ll wait. She’s already waited nine days”(234)
“we got it filled and covered and drove out the gate”(237)
The total journey was 10 days. After burying the body, and spending one night at a hotel in town, Anse marries again, and they set off for home once more.
Day 5-River Crossing
“Cash went outen sight, still holding the coffin braced, and then I couldn’t tell anything….So it was Cash holding to the horse when it come splashing and scrambling up the back, moaning and groaning"(184)
“But time I give him another sup of whisky and supper was about ready, he had done already bought a team”(184)
Faulkner, William. As I lay Dying. Vintage Books, a division of Random House inc. New York1985