17 - appearance."woodenbacked"and"woodenfaced '...

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Jewel is constantly depicted by Darl and to a lesser degree by other characters as having a wooden  appearance. In this section alone he is described both as "wooden-backed" and "wooden-faced."  This wooden imagery contrasts ironically with Jewel's violent and agitated motions. Darl's realization that he cannot love his mother because he has no mother is also a perceptive  realization that will become clear later. When we come to Addie's section, we find that Addie rejected  Darl before he was born because she realized that a birth could not "violate" her aloneness. And  since she did reject Darl, this is represented in Darl's sense of rejection by his mother. This thought  will be developed much more fully in later sections but is introduced here. Section 22, narrated by Cash, emphasizes again that Cash is concerned only with one thing, the  immediate construction of the coffin. In terms of the later action of the novel, Cash's emphasis that 
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