Um, the black and white Jacksons? Anybody know what they're about? I realize they are mentioned a few times more throughout the chapter, but why? It's seemingly pointless. Like, "Then there's them two Jackson boys again. Same name, one black, on white." And that's pretty much it. Throughout the chapter. But then, the very last paragraph. I had no idea what happened. It was that there black Jackson boy, but what was even happening? He was naked. Yeah, um and some flames or torches, but I don't know what was happening.
The judge. What's his deal, man? He's a big big dude, no hair, and he's got some fascination with touching people. At at least two points in the chapter, this big freak was hugging or intimately touching some guy. We were talking about the movie 300 the other day. This guy reminds me of Xerxes (however his terrorist name is spelled). Big seven-foot-tall hairless freak who massages random guys. And people revere his intelligence, or anything he says. Every time he breaks into a monologue, people just stare and smile and use the restroom in their breeches (they probably don't actually use the restroom in their breeches). Big paragraph on page 85. He says a lot of... I don't have a clue what he even says... Let's talk about that one in class.
Just a little thingamadoo (I don't know the AP term for thingamadoo). Toadvine befriends a fellow named Bathcat. It is said that they became friends because they are fellow disfigured fugitives. What I thought was funny was that Toadvine was staring at Bathcat's necklace of ears. Since Toadvine doesn't have ears, I guess it's kind of funny. He envies the ear necklace. Let me say that again. Ear necklace. And that's not even a weird thing! Everybody was Jeffrey Dahmer/Ed Gein back then. Oh, another similarity is that they both have awesome names.
Drizzlin shits. Ha x 500.
So a little bit about similes. I noticed two that seemed... ineffective and frankly kind of meaningless. They both can be found within a page of one another and they are: "like the ossature of small apes at their place of murder," and "like supplicants at the skirts of some wild and irate goddess." Both of these seem like he's just saying... stuff. The first basically says "Human bones look like ape bones." Maybe he's trying to say the Apaches were like apes? Perhaps. And the second? It's pretty much just saying stuff that sounds kind of scary. The desert is a mad goddess. Okay...
At the end of the chapter we witness a scalping. The scalp is referred to as "[a] dripping trophy." It's called a trophy, even though it came off a hapless lady who sat in the middle of a town. I guess a scalp is a scalp, regardless of from whom it came, or how it was obtained. Money is money, that's all that matters.