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When the shadow of the sash appeared on the curtains it was between seven and eight o' clock and then I was in time again, hearing the watch. It was Grandfather's and when Father gave it to me he said I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire; it's rather excruciatingly apt that you will use it to gain the reducto absurdum of all human experience which can fit your individual needs no better than it fitted his or his father's. I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.
- Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury



mausoleum = building housing a tomb or tombs

reducto absurdum = reduction ad absurdum; reduction/argument of absurdity; common form of argument that seeks to demonstrate that a statement is true by showing that a false or absurd result follows from its denial, or demonstrate that a statement is false by showing that a false or absurd result follows from its acceptance



Hear the watch between 7 and 8 o' clock, shadow of sash appears on curtains. The watch was Grandfather's, given to me by Father. It is the tomb of all hope and despair. Use the watch to gain an argument of absurdity for all human experience to fit your individual needs, no better than Father's or Grandfather's. It was given to you to forget time, not remember or spend time trying to conquer it. No battle is won because they are not fought. The battlefield only reveals man's folly and despair. Victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.



What did I change in the text? What kind of changes did I make?
- removed wordiness, needless philosophical-ness
- tried to make sense of clear messages and phrases
- still a bit lost but can understand this bit with the alterations I made and the word searches I did

What gave me problems in revising the extract?
- trying to paraphrase without removing anything potentially necessary to the excerpt
- understanding some of the terminology, noted above in definitions

How has the meaning changed?
- time cannot be conquered
- victory is an illusion
- time represents a tomb of hope and despair
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