” ‘I must get another blanket,’ he said to himself. ‘Then father won’t ask me to put a quilt on. He always keeps abusing me. I do all his work for him. He appropriates the pay all right. He is afraid of the sepoys. They call him names. He abuses me.” (Anand, 12)
These short sentences are very similar to those we have examined in Hemingway’s work. The shortness of his thoughts makes his thoughts very direct and concise. In this short section, I would have maybe expected to read free indirect discourse but instead Anand chooses to portray his thoughts by really fast and small quotes.
“In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied with sleep, you are not. And when you are filled with sleep, you never were.” (Faulkner, 80)
This quote shows us that Darl is acknowledging that he’s alive but Jewel cannot conceive the idea that he may not be alive. For Jewel, not knowing is almost like a blessing for him because he’s blissfully unaware. Darl still doesn’t know what makes him alive, that question is still left undecided in this section.
“Suppose he had had that passion, and had gone to Sir William Bradshaw, a great doctor yet to her obscurely evil, without sex or lust, extremely polite to women, but capable of some indescribable outrage – forcing your soul, that was it – if tis young man had gone to him, and Sir William had impressed him, like that, with his power, might he not have said (indeed she felt it no), Life is made more intolerable; they make life intolerable, men like that?” (Woolf, 180)
In this very long sentence Clarissa is thinking about what would have happened if perhaps Septimus had thought differently and was able to have met Bradshaw and have his thoughts influenced and changed by him. It seems as though Clarissa is trying to find a way to understand why Septimus thought the way he did and why this led to his suicide. Had Septimus been able to go to Sir William Bradshaw and speak to him and become impressed by him would he have still committed suicide? Might he not have said then that life was intolerable and something he needed an escape from? These are the thoughts Clarissa is having based on the thoughts she wonders Septimus had.