Chapter 27.2, 3
- The judgments of the ignorant, and the vanity of the wealthy! How do the Bacons (including Abra, coming later) judge Adam, Lee, and the boys? Obvious question, but there is significance here when we add, How do these judgments affect the judged? And everyone's been judged like this before. How hard--if even possible at all (which I honestly doubt) --is it to be unaffected by these judgments?
- While in future books I will discuss at length the near impossibility to truly understand "where people are really coming from" when they are part of a culture entirely different from ours, we will also touch on it here. Even cultures that appear superficially to be like ours are significantly different under examination. My first thought along these lines is that of Lewis Carroll's "nudie" photography of Alice Liddell and other girls, despite parental permission and supervision. This is a thing almost impossible for our culture to accept! I ascribe this same difficulty, though with less severity, to Mr. Bacon's naming of his daughter. This poor girl (though she likely doesn't see herself "poor" at all--DIFFERENT CULTURE!) will live her life with the reminder written into the very fabric of her name that she was the parents' (and by "parents" I mean the father, who speaks for both by fiat, so "parentS"--DIFFERENT CULTURE!) second choice after a son.
- Regarding judgment: "It was not laziness if he was a rich man. Only the poor were lazy. Just as only the poor were ignorant." It would be easy to label me as paranoid, but I can't believe how true this is! I noticed it as far back as college when I would be literally shunned--even turned down for a date (though there were often other contributing factors as well!) --specifically (and I even asked a couple times) for wanting to be a teacher. "Teachers don't make any money! And those who can't do teach!" Hmm. And now that I'm "unemployed," I get all kinds of sideways looks and pointed fingers and behind-the-hand whisperings. Was I guilty of the same when I was employed? I have selective memory and don't recall. The thought terrifies me! What experience have you had with this sort of judgment?
- Regardless of judgments, Adam is a bit of an alien. How?
- "...the inexorable logic of women..." ! and .
- Interesting that in these first pages of the chapter, Aron and Cal are equal in/under/because of the presence of the girl. --At least until the rabbit comes up again.
- And Cal, at the moment Abra begins to love Aron, has one more motive to hate him than ever, but what are his real feelings?
- Why would Abra perhaps love the boys more--at least temporarily--if indeed there were a wicked stepmother and faggots to collect or if she could be their foster mother?
- Why does Cal lie about Lee, taking advantage of Abra's existing judgment (symptom of her fear) of "the Chinaman?"
- Is Cal as evil as his mother?