All alone on this broken road.
I across the term King's road, and I assume it means the main roads. The books says he took this road to avoid citizenry; what does this mean? What's an anchorite? the -ite suffix suggests a type of rock, but that doesn't seem to be descriptive of a hermit. I found it interesting that the hermit wouldn't drink after a mule, but would eat old, molded rat stew. I also found the hermit's opinion of the only things that can destroy the world is women, alcohol (namely whiskey), money, and "niggers." I wonder if the heart of the slave has any symbolic meaning, or if its just something weird that the former slave driver finds reminiscent of his past. He doesn't seem to be entirely uneducated. His thought process is somewhat sane, especially his commentary about "man's mind" and heart. As well as his prediction of 1000 years from then. I wonder where the hermit went the next morning.
The encounter with the cattle drivers was nice after "the kid's" previous history. They were nice enough to give him a knife and food. I feel really bad for the poor mule: cracked hooves, protruding ribs, and bent back.
The fight at the bar was intense, but was described very undramatic like. Perhaps this was to portray "the kid's" mood at the time. I translated most of the Spanish that was spoken, I'll share in class if no one else translated also.
The morning after the fight he woke up and didn't know where he was. It was a little disturbing to read about the dead bodies in the Sacristy and the blown off body parts of the saints and the virgin and baby. What were the black people talking about when they said "It didn't have no tail nor no hair to speak of but it did have long ears." and then the other blacks laughed.... hmm....