William Faulkner Foundation Collection, 1918-1959, Accession #6074 to 6074-d, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections,
University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va. [Item Metadata: Autograph manuscript. 108 p. (107 R, 1 V) on 107 l. Slipcase.]
I made it on the bevel.
1. There is a deeper surface for the nails to grip.
2. There is twice the gripping-surface to each seam.
3. The water will have to seep into it on a slant. Water moves easiest up and down or straight across.
4. In a house people are upright 1/3 <[illegible]> more than they are lying down, so the seams and joints can be made
<5. In a coffin the body is lying down, so the seams and joints should be made on the bevel because a body
<6. The animal magnetism of a dead body – Except a body>
5. In a bed or where people lie down all the time the joints and seams <[illegible]> are made sideways because
7. (1) A body is not square like a cross-tie.
8. (2) Animal magnetism.
9. The animal magnetism of a dead body makes the stress come slanting so the seams and joints of a
10. You can see by an old grave that the earth sinks into it on the bevel.
11. While in a natural hole it sinks by the middle, the stress being up and down.
<<12. It > 12>
12. <I made it on the bevel> So I made it on the bevel.
13. It makes a neater job.