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Of course, the most famous line in this Faulkner novel is "My mother is a fish," but that is not about masturbation, that is about death. And we're talking about masturbation. This scene where Darl masturbates is one of the many parts of As I Lay Dying that you need to read twice, because you're like, Wait...what just happened? It will be interesting to see how noted auteur James Franco handles it all in his cinematic version that will be coming soon to a theater near you. Franco plays Darl in the film. So. Get ready to see him jerk off.