By William Faulkner
"Read, learn, learn. learn everything-trash, classics, strong and undesirable, and notice how they do it. similar to a wood worker who works as an apprentice and reports the grasp. learn! You'll soak up it. Then write. whether it is stable, you'll discover. If it's now not, throw it out the window." -William Faulkner
Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner's epic story of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who involves Jefferson, Mississippi, within the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi desert. He was once a guy, Faulkner stated, "who sought after sons and the sons destroyed him."
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At the risk of being misunderstood . . Bonne nuit. . Suddenly Phillip realized that the man had spoken French to him, that he had replied in French, the transition having been so smooth he had not realized that it had taken place. Yet how had the man known that he spoke the language? He tried to reconstruct the rest of the conversation, but it had blurred. He remembered only the last part clearly. Why had the man kissed him? No longer doped, Phillip did not like the idea. Again, it was unmasculine.
I'm afraid they are, Phillip. They are on their way. Right now they're in Chicago. " And Francis added insult to injury before he claimed the round. " For a few minutes Phillip had to make himself remain at the table. He wanted violent action-a long flesh-shivering swim toward exhaustion, a long delicious-feeling blow to Francis' ugly little nose. During the past agonizing months, Phillip had kept alive one determination: to solve this problem alone; and one hope: that his father and his town would never learn of his predicament.
Well," Bruner said, leaning back in his chair again, "your facts agree with your captain's, but the approaches are a good deal different. In spite of certain comical aspects of the case, you are in serious trouble. You've admitted your guilt. A court martial board won't consider that lightly. Naturally the old school Navy man will be against you. You're a reserve and they resent you as one of a class. You've stepped out of line. They won't dwell on extenuating circumstances. " The lieutenant became grave.
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner