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As I Lay Dying - Study Guide Tull - Chapter 20 Summary & Analysis

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Tull returns to the Bundrens' driving Peabody's wagon. When he arrives, there are some other men there discussing the fact that Anse still wants to bury Addie in Jefferson even though the bridge across the river has washed out.

Meanwhile, Cash is carefully making plugs for the nail holes in Addie's coffin, despite the fact that nobody would notice or care if he did it or not. Tull observes that this is nothing new because he has seen Cash do such exacting work on simple wedges.

Eventually, the rites of the funeral begin as they lay Addie in the coffin and nail it shut. Tull notices that the women put a net over Addie's face to cover the auger holes that Cash put into her. Just then, Whitfield arrives saying, "The Lord comfort this house" (88). He explains that he is late because the...

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