Author Topic: ---- All the sanctimonious cuss wants anyway is somebody that can sing alto out  (Read 373 times)

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He had already bought for himself a small house two miles in the country, and his
surrey and his matched team stood before the porch waiting while he too stood, his hat tilted back
and his legs apart—a hale, bluff, rednosed man with the moustache of a brigand chief—while the
son, and the daughter-in-law whom he had never seen before, came up the path from the gate.
When he stooped and saluted her, she smelled whiskey and cigars. “I reckon you’ll do,” he said. His
eyes were bluff and bold, but kind. “All the sanctimonious cuss wants anyway is somebody that can
sing alto out of a Presbyterian hymnbook, where even the good Lord Himself couldn’t squeeze in
any music.
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  (from Light in August, by William Faulkner; a larger context is here; this is a pdf file but opens as a browser window; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain the part in bold.  Thanks.  --- tk

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Not quite sure but, perhaps...

She is a suitable bride for this ostensibly religious [clergy] man who is only really looking for someone to sing in his choir. But why? Apparently the Presbyterian hymn book contains no good music.
Best wishes,

Duncan