Author Topic: ---- Surely, when God looks about at their successors, He cannot be loath to  (Read 378 times)

Offline t k

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Any soldier can be killed by the enemy in the
heat of battle, by a weapon approved by the arbiters and rulemakers of warfare. Or by a woman in a
bedroom. But not with a shotgun, a fowling piece, in a henhouse. And so is it any wonder that this
world is peopled principally by the dead? Surely, when God looks about at their successors, He
cannot be loath to share His own with us.
  (from Light in August, by William Faulkner; a larger context is here; this is a pdf file but opens as a browser window; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain the part in bold.  Thanks.  --- tk

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Sorry t k - I am perplexed as you.

His own - is us, His people on earth.
Their successors - presumably means those who continue to kill.
He cannot be loath - He is willing to.

But, how that all hangs together, I have no idea. Sorry!
Best wishes,

Duncan

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Maybe some of the commentary in this summary of the chapter will help: https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/lightinaugust/section10/

I actually like this one a little better because it provides both summary and analysis side-by-side. https://www.litcharts.com/lit/light-in-august/chapter-20


Bertha