Light in August
Manuscript, page 187 (detail). Transcription follows image.
Detail: Page 187, Light in August Ms
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. 187 pp. (1 R, 0 V) on 1 l. Slipcase.]


"'Aint nobody never <told you> said for you to quit,' she says." He laughs, lying in the bed, laughing. "Yes, sir. You can't beat them. Because do you
know what I think? I dont think that she had no idea of finding whoever it it was that she was [illegible]. I dont think that she aimed to, [only?] she hadn't told
him yet. I reckon this was the first time she was from home in her life. <and that she knowed that when she went back again, it would [might?] be for good>
And that she had got along allright so far, <and so> with folks taking good care, <and that> and so I think she just made up her mind to travel a little
[more?], since she knew that when she settled down this time, it would likely be for good. Thats what I think. back there in that truck, looking out and
[watching them telephone posts and lines?] pass like it was a circus parade, because after a while I says, 'Here comes <C[illegible]ville>" Saulsbury,' and she says,

"'What?' and I says,

"'Saulsbury, Tennessee.' and I looked back and saw her face. And it was like it was about fixed and waiting to be surprised, and that she knowed that
when the surprise come, she was [going to be placated?]. And it did come, and it did suit her. Because she said, 'My, my. A body does get around. Here we
[margin: aint been coming from Alabama but 6 weeks, and
now it's already Tennessee.'"

Oxford, Miss.
19 Feb. 1932]