by FAULKNER, William
Published by Random House, New York (1958)
Used Hardcover 250 pages
Measures about 8.5 x 6 inches Weighs 14 ounces
book. Red cloth boards with gold gilt lettering at front cover and spine. Spine is a bit sunned. Corners are bumped. Deckled edge pages. Gold endpapers. You can almost see the gutter at pages 120-121 though the binding remains intact.
FROM BEYOND the screen of bushes which surrounded the spring,
Popeye watched the man drinking. A faint path led from the road
to the spring. Popeye watched the man—a tall, thin man, hatless,
in worn gray flannel trousers and carrying a tweed coat over his
arm-emerge from the path and kneel to drink from the spring.
The spring welled up at the root of a beech tree and flowed away
upon a bottom of whorled and waved sand. It was surrounded by
a thick growth of cane and brier, of cypress and gum in which
broken sunlight lay sourceless. Somewhere, hidden and secret yet
nearby, a bird sang three notes and ceased.
In the spring the drinking man leaned his face to the broken
and myriad reflection of his own drinking. When he rose up he saw
among them the shattered reflection of Popeye's straw hat, though
he had heard no sound.
He saw, facing him across the spring, a man of under size, his
hands in his coat pockets, a cigarette slanted from his chin. His
suit was black, with a tight, high-waisted coat. His trousers were
had* °nCe CakCd With mud above mud-caked shoes. His face
a .a queer» Woodless color, as though seen by electric light;
a^'T lhe sunny siknce, in his slanted straw hat and his slightly
'IfcW m d™*' ^ bird that sang vicious again, dePthless three quality bars of in stamped monotonous tin.