- Two chapters ago, we saw Cal's sacrifice to his father; now we see Aron's, and while we later see Aron's typically teenager "he wouldn't understand," why is it really that he doesn't want to tell his father? Additionally, compare Aron's feelings for his father with Adam's feelings for his father (or Charles's for that matter). There's an interestingly mirrored parallel there.
- Is lack of ambition, like Lee's, a blessing or a curse? (Consider this in and out of context.) In Lee's case, how does it perfectly serve him as arbiter for this odd family?
- Would knowing Mary Magdalene were his mother make it any easier for Aron to forgive her? What should this reveal to him about his ambition for the Cloth, and why will he not--at least not now--recognize such a revelation?
- Interestingly, Cal's "sacrifice" is as vegetable as was Cain's. How might Aron's be indeed considered the animal sacrifice of the Old Testament, especially considering Abel's sacrifice was of the firstlings and of the fat, or the best, thereof?
- Why does Lee keep bringing up von Clausewitz?
- Aron is guilty of the greatest misconception of all of humanity, regarding the color of grass and fences. I'm surprised Lee doesn't spend more than a sentence pointing this out, instead he opens up a pontificating #10 can of the extremes of youth. Why doesn't he know--or chooses to ignore that--this won't do a lick of good?