Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May 4, 2010 Blog Chapter 18&19

Let's write in green, mmkay?

So, interesting couple of chapters I guess. First chapter was rather humorous to me, what with the old ladies yelling at the older brother of the "idiot" and then taking him in and what not. McCarthy uses the phrase, "she read him riot." on page 256. What does this mean? This is what it means. The older brother is a lazy fella though, I think he should've made a better attempt at keeping his brother healthy and what not. Judge is such a creep. I know I've said that so many times, and I know you all have made equal or greater comments on the judge's character, but he just is... Does he ever sleep? It's kind of ironic that he was at the river at just the right time to save the "idiot" from drowning....while they're both nude... and then carries him back to his bed...Then, in chapter 19, he's found in his room, naked, with the idiot and a 12 year old mexican girl, who are also naked.

I'll start chapter 19 off with definitions because...well... dictionary.com is already up soooo....yeah! Here ya go:

Littoral- of or pertaining to the shore of a lake, sea, or ocean
Procrustean- tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means
Sash milled
Alcalde- mayor having judicial powers
Damascus barrels
Burl Mahogany (notice the fine grain, mmyesshh....)
Cabildo- town hall
Lazarous Bodega- Bodega is wineshop, lazarous I think means lazarus-like/esque
Lazarus- receiver of a miracle by Jesus in the bible
Valgame dios- good god
Caissons- ammunition chest
archimandrite- head of a monastery, an abbot
thaumaturge- workers of wonders or miracles
atavistic- suggesting characteristics of a primitive type
suttee- hindu custom where a widow kills herself on the pyre of her dead husband

I circled "curious dory's" but I couldn't find anything on it.
Page 262. "...a vulture standing between the shoulder blades in clerical black, silent rider to the sea." I like how this sounds. It's just funny... idk...
Glanton's loot sonsits of all the things on page 263, including teeth. Why would Glanton, after he's gotten all these other valuables, bother knocking the teeth out of a dead man? It's not like he is desperate for it. Maybe he just likes violence that much, that would make sense. I underlined the shotgun, posted info above. The howitzer was pretty sweet. It weighed about, just the barrel, 220lb. Brown acts like a child when he's in the town. He says, "It was not no threat. It was a promise." I remember saying that when I was in about 6 or 7th grade. Brown pours some strong alcohol on another guy in the bar (strong because one couldn't see the flames). McCarthy's description of the burnt man is a little sick, "like an enormous spider." Page 274, it says, "...he ravaged among his clothes for the weapons that were not there and were not there." Was the repetition of "were not there" intentional?

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