Blood Meridian by Cormac Mccarthy

Did someone get the epilogue of Blood Meridian?.
Here´s the quote.
EPILOGUE
In the dawn there is a man progressing over the plain by means of holes which he is
making in the ground. He uses an implement with two handles and he chucks it into
the hole and he enkindles the stone in the hole with his steel hole by hole striking the
fire out of the rock which God has put there. On the plain behind him are the
wanderers in search of bones and those who do not search and they move haltingly in
the light like mechanisms whose movements are monitored with escapement and pallet
so that they appear restrained by a prudence or reflectiveness which has no inner reality
and they cross in their progress one by one that track of holes that runs to the rim of
the visible ground and which seems less the pursuit of some continuance than the
verification of a principle, a validation of sequence and causality as if each round and
perfect hole owed its existence to the one before it there on that prairie upon which are
the bones and the gatherers of bones and those who do not gather. He strikes fire in
the hole and draws out his steel. Then they all move on again.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The ending of Blood Meridian is an in joke. Readers wonder what was so obscene that it couldn't be shown. To lead the reader there, McCarthy even had another character discover what's in there but found it too obscene to describe. Obscene is a word you'd see attached to lotta early McCarthy novels in their endorsement. It comes from the Greek word 'ob skena' which literally means 'off-stage'. McCarthy just played it straight.

    Lester in Child of God had committed atleast 7 murders of young women, but only 2 are shown. Unsurprisingly, Child of God is probably his most or 2nd most obscene novel. (It also has a lot of narrative transitions, especially in the 2nd half, much more than other McCarthy books).

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The telegraph or barbed wire killed the west or something. The buffalo herds also got killed, that's what the bonepickers represent and I think that killed the Indian lifestyle as well.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's about the death of the west

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The men are excavators digging up the past and carrying on the tradition of the judge in modern times.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >m'ridian

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    just trying to read the third sentence gave me an aneurysm

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      that sentence kills an ESL (me)

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Consistent with gnostic theolgy,
    >The man in the epilogue is described as “striking the fire out of the rock which God has put there” suggesting that he is freeing sparks of the divine “fire” trapped in matter—or “rock”—by the “God” of this world, the demiurge.
    ....
    >The epilogue assures us that there is one lone figure powerful enough to stand up to the forces of darkness. The judge may be immortal and terrible beyond imagining, but he cannot stop the lone figure striking fire out of the rock, and as long as there are such “pockets of autonomous life,” the judge will never be “suzerain” of the earth.

    -Petra Mundik, “Striking the Fire Out of the Rock”: Gnostic Theology in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, South Central Review (2009), available at: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/363646

    See also Leo Daugherty, Gravers False and True: Blood Meridian as Gnostic Tragedy, Southern Quarterly (1992), available at: https://peter-mclachlin.livejournal.com/115239.html

    Daugherty's essay is valuable because he outlines the details of gnostic theology that McCarthy utilized in the book, e.g., it is very clear that Holden is an archon, as that entity is understood within the gnostic system.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I hate you people. The judge is just a silly bald dude without rules. What is an archon? Some French homosexual with a lisp trying to pronounce hardon? Harden your wiener? Fricking intellectualgay over here wants to frick a fictional character. Go jizz on your daddy’s mustache.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Filtered and trying to make a virtue of it with playground tough talk

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        "striking fire out of the rock that God had put there."

        You don't have to strain the text to see the gnostic allusion. You basically have to close your eyes to it not to see it.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          What do you think about the reverend calling the JH a devil?.
          This is him, cried the reverend, sobbing. This is him. The devil. Here he stands.
          https://altair.pw/pub/lib/Cormac%20Mccarthy%20-%20The%20Blood%20Meridian.pdf

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          There is no divine spark in rock. There isn't even one in hylic fricking shits.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >There is no divine spark in rock.

            Tell that to McCarthy.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            But I don't know where he will reincarnate

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >he's never hit pyrite with flint
            ngmi

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        lel
        checkd

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      and curtains were blue

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    THE DEMIURGE IS BUILDING A FENCE
    AAAAAAAA SAVE ME Black personMAN

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      OK. I laughed.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Something something, man will continue to build civilisation forever.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Good book. I really liked the parts about killing injuns.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Mans age old desire to tame and understand nature.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I think it's an allegory for humanity

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I think it's about the end of the wild West and the start of a more civilized era of society.
    >What the frick does that have to do with blood meridian
    Judge Holden's thing was "war is God"

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The intro of my edition interprets it as McCarthy being the one who digs the holes (i.e. pointing the way) and the successive authors following his direction

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They're putting up a barber wire fence or a telegraph line or a railroad.
    It's about the death of the West and the death of the brutalizing freedom, hedonism, bloodlust, and individuality of the Frontier. It signifies there will be no more Kids, no more Glantons, no more scalps, no more bounties.

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    McCarthy had a fetish for fences. They're mentioned on the first page of The Orchard Keeper (grown into a tree) and they played a major role in Child of God (the moron being able to buy his rifle by hammering down fence poles, stopping in the middle of a field when he just get enough money). Is it man taming nature? Is it man taming man? Is it a sexual attraction to phallic objects? Is it just a coincidence? I'm sitting on the fence on this one.

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