Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Um fantasma de William Faulkner

Beth Grant fez o papel na adaptação de 2013
Três momentos inesquecíveis do capítulo narrado pela defunta Addie Bundren em As I Lay Dying [Enquanto Eu Agonizo] de Faulkner:

1. Sobre como ódio e frustração desembocam em violência física contra os filhos:

"I would look forward to the times when they faulted, so I could whip them. When the switch fell I could feel it upon my flesh; when it welted and ridged it was my blood that ran, and I would think with each blow of the switch: Now you are aware of me! No I am something in your secret and selfish life, who have marked your blood with my own for ever and ever."

2. O pedido de casamento:

Anse vem querendo pedir a mão de Addie Bundren em casamento e fala em falar com os pais dela:
'I aint' got no people. So that won't be no worry to you. I don't reckon you can say the same.'
'No. I have people. In Jefferson.'
His face fell a little. 'Well, I got a little property. I'm forehanded; I got a good honest name. I know how town folks are, but maybe when they talk to me...
'They might listen,' I said. 'But they'll be hard to talk to.' He was watching my face. 'They're in the cemetery.'
'But your living kin,' he said. 'They'll be different.'
'Will they? I said. 'I don;t know. I never had any other kind.'

3. A maternidade

"That was when I learned that words are no good; that words don't even fit even what they are trying to say at. When he [Cash, seu primeiro filho] was born I knew that motherhood was invented by someone who had to have a word for it because the ones that had the children didn't care whether there was a word for it or not. I knew tha tfear was invented by someone who never had the fear; pride, who never had pride. I knew that it had been, not that they had dirty noses, but that we had had to use one another by words like spiders dangling by their mouths from a beam, swinging and twisting and never touching, and that only through the blows of the switch could my blood and their blood flow as one stream. I knew that it had been, not that my aloneness had to be violated over and over each day, but that it had never been violated until Cash came. Not even by Anse in the nights."

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