Absalom, Absalom!: Chapter 5

This chapter is almost all in italics. It begins with no attempt to set a scene, or identify a speaker, though it soon becomes clear that the voice belongs to Rosa Coldfield, that she is speaking to Quentin, and that her speech was originally made after Chapter 1 but before Chapter 2, during the afternoon that he spent in her house. From the way it appears here, after Quentin and his father have spent the evening on the porch, it seems likely that though the voice is Miss Rosa's, the chapter is actually set inside Quentin's consciousness -- i.e. after his father finishes speaking at the end of Chapter 4, Chapter 5 consists of his remembering what Rosa had said that afternoon. At the end of the chapter (pp. 139-40) Quentin stops listening to her words to see in his mind the scene of Henry bursting in on Judith and Clytie to tell Judith he has just killed Bon. From that image, however, Quentin is recalled by Rosa's voice telling him at the very end of the chapter that something is "living hidden in that house" (p. 140).

1860
JUNE
Bon visits Sutpen's for two days
117
1860
SUMMER
Rosa's aunt elopes and her father leaves town on business
14-years-old, she goes to Sutpen's to stay with Judith
117
1865
Wash Jones rides to Rosa's to tell her Henry has shot Bon
Rosa returns with him to Sutpen's, confronts Clytie in entrance
then sees Judith outside closed room with Bon's body in it
holding in her hand "the picture of herself she had given him"
107, 109, 114
REST OF
1865
after helping to bury Bon, Rosa moves in with Judith and Clytie
123
1866
"one afternoon in January Thomas Sutpen came home"
three months later Rosa becomes engaged to Sutpen --
"one afternoon (I was in the garden) I looked up and saw him looking at me"
two months later Supten speaks to her "the bald outrageous words"
that send her back to Jefferson dressed in black for the rest of her life
127, 131, 134, 136
AFTER
1866
Sutpen dies "in the stroke of a rusty scythe"
139
1909
Rosa tells Quentin there is "something living hidden" in Sutpen's house
140

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