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As I Lay Dying
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As I Lay Dying
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  • When we speak our voices are quiet, detached.
  • He is looking down at her peaceful, rigid face fading into the dusk as though darkness were a precursor of the ultimate earth, until at last the face seems to float detached upon it, lightly as the reflection of a dead leaf.
  • It is as though the dark were resolving him out of his integrity, into an unrelated scattering of components—snuffings and stampings; smells of cooling flesh and ammoniac hair; an illusion of a co-ordinated whole of splotched hide and strong bones within which, detached and secret and familiar, an is different from my is.

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  • She spoke in a cold, detached manner as though she didn’t care about him any more.
  • These days, she seems emotionally detached whenever she talks about him.

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