Whitfield is the local minister with whom Addie has an affair, and is the father of Jewel. He plans to confess to Anse about the affair before Addie’s death, but upon finding out that she has already died without telling anyone, he decides not to, perceiving her death as a gift from God.
Whitfield Quotes in As I Lay Dying
The As I Lay Dying quotes below are all either spoken by Whitfield or refer to Whitfield. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of As I Lay Dying published in 1991.).
41. Whitfield Quotes
“It was already as though it were done. My soul felt freer, quieter than it had in years….To either side I saw His hand; in my heart I could hear His voice:
‘Courage. I am with thee.’”
Whitfield Character Timeline in As I Lay Dying
The timeline below shows where the character Whitfield appears in As I Lay Dying. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.