MAT MARTIN | William Faulkner

2 January, 2014, 10:31

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“I told Addie it wasn’t any good living on a road when it come by here, and she said, for the world like a woman, “Get up and move, then.” But I told her it wasn’t no luck in it, because the Lord put roads for travelling: why He laid them down flat on the earth. When He aims for something to be always a-moving, He makes it long ways, like a road or a horse or a wagon, but when He aims for something to stay put, He makes it up-and-down ways, like a tree or a man. And so he never aimed for folks to live on a road, because which gets there first I says, the road or the house? Did you ever know Him to set a road down by a house? I says. No you never, I says, because it’s always men can rest till they gets the house set where everybody that passes in a wagon can spit in the doorway, keeping the folks restless and wanting to get up and go somewheres else when He aimed for them to stay put like a tree or a stand of corn, Because if He’d a aimed for man to be always a-moving and going somewheres else, wouldn’t He put him longways on his belly, like a snake? It stands to reason He would.” (Anse)

William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying, 1930