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How did Hazel’s grandfather affect Hazel Mote in Wise Blood?

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Hazel Mote's grandfather first appears in the story in Chapter One when Hazel, going to sleep on the berth in the train, imagines he is in a narrow coffin and thinks about death and his various encounters with it in his past life. The first ever coffin that he saw as a child was that of his grandfather, who, the text tells us, was a "waspish" itinerant preacher. He was clearly a man of some strength of will as Hazel as a child thinks that his grandfather would never let anybody shut the lid of the coffin on him. However, the lid is closed and he is buried.

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