From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: RE: (urth) Tracking Song Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 10:26:18 -0700 Nutria then Alga wrote... > > Certainly the Bible gives no hint of an ultimately > > saved Cain, and I know of no pseudigraphical literature > > that does. But it looks to me as if Wolfe might be > > playing that trick here. > But Ratty, way back when, someone, maybe you, silenced me > on some rant by pointing out that Cutthroat is loved > wherever hegoes. By everyone. Even when he is menaced > underground it isthe immediate affection that everyone > seems to feel for him immediately that saves him. How does > that follow a Cain reading? The mark? If so, that needs a > bit of explanation. Genesis 4:14 But the LORD said to him, "Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. Okay, this is a little ambiguous ... the two statements may be taken as related in (at least) two different ways: 1) The mark effectively informs anyone who finds Cain that God will take sevenfold vengeance on anyone who kills him; 2) the mark in some way directly prevents anyone who finds Cain from killing him. _IF_ we read "Tracking Song" as a riff on Cain -- concerning which I remain not fully convinced -- then we'd have to conclude that Mr Wolfe had based his story on the second interpretation. --Blattid --