Absalom, Absalom

what is the artistic and visionary value of Judith's letter and Westeria in Absalom, Absalom? 2?

first about letters then westeria

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After four years of fighting, Bon finally writes Judith a letter--the very letter that Mr. Compson gives to Quentin. Quentin reads the letter, a strange testament to the hardships of physical privation and mental strain that ends, surprisingly, with Bon's proclamation of his intention to marry Judith. "We have waited long enough," he says, though he cannot tell her when he will arrive to marry her. His intention is enough for Judith, who, along with Clytie, begins sewing a wedding dress out of scraps. Quentin gets a brief flash of the scene before Sutpen's Hundred, the scene that ends with Henry shooting Bon, and then Mr. Compson's voice flashes forward to Wash Jones at Rosa's gate, telling Rosa that Henry has just killed Bon.



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Smells are very important in the novel, and they often evoke the past. Wisteria is a very Southern vine, and its smell is associated in the novel with Miss Rosa, who is obsessed with the past. When the smell of wisteria wafts through a scene, it's often accompanied by thoughts of the past. The smell even follows Quentin all the way to his dorm room at Harvard. Like the past, the scent is unshakable.