I've noticed the author/fellow using the phrase "in the void," and permutations of that phrase quite often. It stays pretty fresh though, I think. It sounds really... creepy. Void is one of those words. And the desert is just so vast void is a really fitting term. It's a lot of nothing and if one were to perish there, no one would care or ever find out. It's just a pit of black stuff. Empty space. Vooooiiidd.
After they terminate the Apache riders, the guys shoot that runaway (or whatever he is, but that's what I thought). "Sand stuck to his eyeball." Pretty terrifying. It's a really minute detail, but just that shows so much. It's hard to explain, but there couldn't be a better way of saying "he's dead and it sucks to be dead because you get all nasty and such." And then his dark genitals are floating around in the judge's face.
Does anybody think the words are getting bigger and bigger? By bigger I don't really mean big as in length, but them 'ere fancy words that nobody has ever heard before. Seriously I'm circling two or three words in a row on several occasions. He has such a simplistic writing style otherwise. No quotations and only a few commas. It's all confusing.
The Judge's wisdom. That of many men. He's the main leader (maybe co-leader with Glanton) and everyone respects what he says, but then he's dancing nude outside in a thunderstorm. Enigmatic. And people challenge his teachings of geology. Judge has a perfect argument though. His views of God aren't so much the bible, but... yeah, I don't even know what's going on. He likes God, only, he doesn't care about his teachings? He is an elusive fellow, this guy judge.
"For this will to deceive that is in things luminous may manifest itself likewise in retrospect and so by sleight of some fixed part of a journey already accomplished may also post men to fraudulent destinies." When I read this, I knew it was important. It just sounds like foreshadowing, but for the life of me (probably not really for the life of me though) I don't know what it means...
The guy singing hymns and cursing God was one of the weirdest parts of the chapter. He's singing the hymns, probably because those are the only songs he knows, and between songs he curses God. I kind of follow what it's getting at. He's shot and everything. Maybe he's singing for salvation? And then yelling at God for bringing him to where he is? It's all a mystery. Nonetheless a funny image.