Scene of Darl's Broken Wagon in As I Lay Dying (Location)

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Scene of Darl's Broken Wagon
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Event
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Speculation
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1625
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1645
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Where the wagon wheel breaks during the trip that Darl and Jewel take to get a load of lumber, delaying the trip to Jefferson by three days: "In the rain the mules smoke a little, splashed yellow with mud, the off one clinging in sliding lunges to the side of the road above the ditch. The tilted lumber gleams dull yellow, water-soaked and heavy as lead, tilted at a steep angle into the ditch about the broken wheel" (49). It is also the site of the "strange room" in which the brothers spend the night of Addie's death, where Darl thinks of the rain falling on the wagon outside and all the "strange roof[s]" he has lain under, "thinking of home" (81).

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Site of Event
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Continuous
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