William Faulkner Fullscreen Noise and fury (1929)


The Sound and the Fury

April 7, 1928

Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.

They were coming toward where the flag was and I went along the fence.

Luster was hunting in the grass by the flower tree.

They took the flag out, and they were hitting.

Then they put the flag back and they went to the table, and he hit and the other hit.

Then they went on, and I went along the fence.

Luster came away from the flower tree and we went along the fence and they stopped and we stopped and I looked through the fence while Luster was hunting in the grass.

"Here, caddie." He hit.

They went away across the pasture.

I held to the fence and watched them going away.

"Listen at you, now." Luster said. "Aint you something, thirty three years old, going on that way.

After I done went all the way to town to buy you that cake.

Hush up that moaning.

Aint you going to help me find that quarter so I can go to the show tonight."

They were hitting little, across the pasture.

I went back along the fence to where the flag was.

It flapped on the bright grass and the trees.

"Come on." Luster said. "We done looked there.

They aint no more coming right now.

Les go down to the branch and find that quarter before them niggers finds it."

It was red, flapping on the pasture.

Then there was a bird slanting and tilting on it.

Luster threw.

The flag flapped on the bright grass and the trees.

I held to the fence.

"Shut up that moaning." Luster said. "I cant make them come if they aint coming, can I.

If you dont hush up, mammy aint going to have no birthday for you.

If you dont hush, you know what I going to do.

I going to eat that cake all up.

Eat them candles, too.

Eat all them thirty three candles.

Come on, les go down to the branch.

I got to find my quarter.

Maybe we can find one of they balls.

Here. Here they is.

Way over yonder. See." He came to the fence and pointed his arm. "See them.

They aint coming back here no more.

Come on.

We went along the fence and came to the garden fence, where our shadows were.

My shadow was higher than Luster's on the fence.

We came to the hroken place and went through it.

"Wait a minute." Luster said. "You snagged on that nail again.

Cant you never crawl through here without snagging on that nail."

Caddy uncaught me and we crawled through.

Uncle Maury said to not let anybody see us, so we better stoop over, Caddy said. Stoop over, Benjy.

Like this, see.

We stooped over and crossed the garden, where the flowers rasped and rattled against us.

The ground was hard.