"‘I’ve seed de first en de last,’ Dilsey said. ‘Never you mind me.’"
Relief of Jesus Christ with Alpha and Omega in Saint Oswald parish church
GNU Free Documentation LicenseRelief of Jesus Christ with Alpha and Omega in Saint Oswald parish church - Credit: Joseph Kepplinger; Wolfgang Sauber

Dilsey’s cryptic statement reflects a deep identification with end of days foretold in Reverend Shegog’s sermon and is evocative of God’s statement in the Book of Revelation: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (22.13). This suggests that she too has looked God in the face and seen the “power en de glory”. It also resonates with the demise of the Compson family, whose successive generations Dilsey has quietly tended. With the male line terminated — Quentin dead, Benjy castrated and Jason too contorted with hatred and rage to be capable of forming a relationship — the end of days has indeed come.