O.K. I know it’s Wednesday, but I wrote this on Tuesday and I published something else (about Inspector Morse) on Tuesday.
I follow a blogger who takes part in a “weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm” where you open to a random page and share two “teaser” sentences without including a spoiler. It’s called Teaser Tuesdays.
My current read is Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner. It’s a drama set in the south, and is also a mystery. I expect to finish reading it tonight but am of two minds about it. In some ways, it’s a perfect follow-up to reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, and yet because of a totally different writing style, it’s almost impossible, certainly unlikely, to write any kind of comparison. Anyway, I digress.
An interesting idea to take just two sentences from a page. However, with Faulkner’s stream of consciousness style, there are many pages that are only two or three sentences long, and if the two sentences are to truly be a teaser, I think they need to be better chosen as opposed to random. So here goes. (Keep in mind this was written about a dozen years before Mockingbird — 1948.) Two sentences from Intruder in the Dust:
. . . he was to learn what every white man in that whole section of the county had been thinking about [Lucas] for years: We got to make him be a nigger first. He’s got to admit he’s a nigger. Then maybe we will accept him as he seems to intend to be accepted.
Are you teased? That may or may not be more than two sentences. I’ll let you be the judge. But they are definitely two of Faulkner’s shorter sentences. More about Intruder in the Dust soon. Possibly tomorrow.