By William Faulkner
This sequel to Faulkner’s so much sensational, Sanctuary, used to be written 20 years later yet takes up the tale of Temple Drake 8 years after the occasions comparable in Sanctuary. Temple is now married to Gowan Stevens. The ebook starts off while the loss of life sentence is stated at the nurse Nancy for the homicide of Temple and Gowan’s baby. informed in part in prose, partially in play shape, Requiem for a Nun is a haunting exploration of the influence of the previous at the present.
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Cross on. The letters. TEMPLE The letters. They have been sturdy letters. I mean—good ones. (staring gradually on the Governor) What I’m attempting to say is, they have been the type of letters that for those who had written them to a guy, even 8 years in the past, you wouldn’t—would—rather your husband didn’t see them, it doesn't matter what he considered your—past. (still watching the Governor as she makes her painful confession) greater than you will count on from a seventeen-year-old novice. I suggest, you will have puzzled how anyone simply seventeen and never even via freshman in collage, can have realized the—right phrases. even though all you are going to have wanted most likely will be an outdated dictionary from again in Shakespeare’s time whilst, in order that they say, humans hadn’t discovered tips to blush at phrases. that's, anyone other than Temple Drake, who didn’t desire a dictionary, who was once a quick learner and so even only one lesson may were sufficient for her, not to mention 3 or 4 or a dozen or or 3 dozen. (staring on the Governor) No, now not even one lesson as the undesirable used to be already there ready, who hadn’t even heard but it is advisable to be already resisting the corruption not just ahead of you examine it yet sooner than you even recognize what it really is, what you're resisting. So I wrote the letters, I dont know the way many, sufficient, good enough simply because only one could were sufficient. And that’s all. GOVERNOR All? TEMPLE certain. You’ve definitely heard of blackmail. The letters became up back in fact. and naturally, being Temple Drake, the 1st technique to purchase them again that Temple Drake considered, was once to supply the cloth for an additional set of them. STEVENS (to Temple) sure, that’s all. yet you’ve acquired to inform him why it’s all. TEMPLE i presumed I had. I wrote a few letters that you'd have inspiration that even Temple Drake could have been ashamed to place on paper, after which the guy I wrote them to died, and that i married one other guy and reformed, or proposal I had, and bore young children and employed one other reformed whore in order that i might have anyone to speak to, and that i even proposal I had forgotten concerning the letters till they became up back after which i discovered out that I not just hadn’t forgot concerning the letters, I hadn’t even reformed— STEVENS alright. do you need me to inform it, then? TEMPLE and also you have been the single preaching moderation. STEVENS i used to be preaching opposed to orgasms of it. TEMPLE (bitterly) Oh, i do know. simply ache. no longer for something: simply pain. simply because it’s right for you, like calomel or ipecac. (to Governor) very well. What? GOVERNOR The younger guy died— TEMPLE Oh convinced. —Died, shot from a vehicle whereas he was once slipping up the alley in the back of the home, to climb up a similar drainpipe i'll have climbed down at any time and bought away, to work out me—the one time, the 1st time, the one time once we notion we had dodged, fooled him, will be by myself jointly, simply the 2 people, in the end the … different ones. —If love will be, suggest whatever, other than the novelty, the training, the peace, the privateness: no disgrace: now not even wakeful that you're bare since you are only utilizing the nakedness simply because that’s part of it; then he used to be lifeless, killed, shot down correct in the midst of brooding about me, whilst in precisely yet another minute possibly he might were within the room with me, while all of him other than simply his physique used to be already within the room with me and the door locked finally for simply the 2 people by myself, after which it was once in every single place and as if it had by no means been, occurred, it needed to be as if it had by no means occurred, other than that that used to be even worse— (rapidly) Then the court docket in Jefferson and that i didn’t care, now not approximately something anymore, and my father and brothers ready after which the 12 months in Europe, Paris, and that i nonetheless didn’t care, after which after your time it rather did get more uncomplicated.