"the secret surges the breathing locked drinking the wild breath the yes Yes Yes yes "

Faulkner is perhaps thinking of the end of Ulysses by James Joyce, a writer whose innovative stream-of-consciousness technique, with its temporal shifts, neologisms and anarchic eschewal of grammatical conventions, had a profound impact on his own writing style. The final 30-odd pages of the novel are given over to Molly Bloom’s masturbatory soliloquy which culminates in the lines:


I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.


You can listen to a beautiful reading of the end of Molly Bloom's soliloquy here.

James Joyce
Public DomainJames Joyce - Credit: Djuna Barnes