Re: The Sound and the Fury, section 3, April 6, 1928
I just finished Section 3, and boy, what a shit-heel this Jason is. The Compson family presents exceptionally sharp contrasts. Two people couldn't be more dissimilar than Quentin and Jason, yet they are brothers. This section reads totally differently, of course, as there is nothing in Jason's mind except avarice and no thoughts of any person other than himself. It speeds ahead where the previous two needed to take their time sorting out for us the mental strands. He is quite the petty villain.
I'm going to read the section on Dilsey and then come back to the first two. I think they'll be clearer then.
Random note on Faulkner. In a biography of Robert Frost, the author quotes a letter Frost wrote about a writers' conference in Brazil that both writers attended:
"It was as I feared with Faulkner. He has stolen the show by doing nothing for it but to lie up dead drunk like a genius. The consul...has been caring for Faulkner day and night, bathing him in the tub and feeding him in bed...He looked very sick and ashamed to me."