Untouchable

“The outcastes were not allowed to mount the platform surrounding the well, because if they were ever to draw water from it, the Hindus of the three upper castes would consider the water polluted” (22)

Anand, Mulk Raj. Untouchable. Penguin Classics, 1986. Page 22.

Here Anand depicts the worker as reliant. There is also an implication that the working class is filthy, although this implication is made by the Hindus and not Anand himself. Either way, it is shown that for water, a basic necessity, the working class must rely on assistance from upper class citizens

as I lay dying

“When I was a boy I first learned how much better water tastes when it has set a while in a cedar bucket. Warmish-cool, with a faint taste like the hot July wind in cedar trees smells. It has to set at least six hours, and be drunk from a gourd. Water should never be drunk from metal.”

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text. Vintage International, 1990, p. 10-11.

I just thought this was interesting because it’s completely the opposite of how I like to drink water. I like it the colder the better, even if it’s room temperature, I can’t drink it. And I bring a metal water bottle everywhere with me. But, aside from that I also like the simile here with the “July wind” and “cedar trees smells” it gives it an interesting, unique feel to the story and narrative–in this case Darl’s narrative.