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Who Said That?

Each of the following passages were spoken or thought by a character in Faulkner’s fiction. Can you identify the character and the work in which the passage appears?

 I made it on the bevel.

 


Did you ever have a sister?

 


My, my. A body does get around. Here we aint been coming from Alabama but two months, and now it's already Tennessee.

 


The past is never dead. It's not even past.

 


Caddy smelled like trees.

 


I dont remember just when it was, I was probably pretty young, when I realised that I had come from what you might call a family, a clan, a race, maybe even a species, of pure sons of bitches.

 


I cried 'And you too? And you too, sister, sister?'

 


If I'm not, damned if I haven't wasted a lot of time.

 


My mother is a fish.

 


I'm a nigger. But I'm a man too. I'm more than just a man. The same thing made my pappy that made your grandmaw. I'm going to take her back.

 


Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say.

 


I dont know what I am. I dont know if I am or not. Jewel knows he is, because he does not know that he does not know whether he is or not.

 


I could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.

 


I hear you run a store.

 


Oleh, Chief.... Grandfather.

 


See Colonel Sartoris. I have no taxes in Jefferson.

 


I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.

 


You got to learn. You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you ain't going to have any blood to stick to you.

 


Between grief and nothing I will take grief.

 


I am tired of killing men, no matter what the necessity nor the end. Tomorrow, when I go to town and meet Ben Redmond, I shall be unarmed.

 


I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind.

 

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