Chigurgh As Failed Acolyte Of The Judge

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  • 08 Feb 2017 at 10:54 am #8828


    Chigurh and Judge Holden occupy the same merciless hierarchy but whereas the judge is the capstone Chigurh for all his martial prowess and philosophizing fails, as he must, to equal even the kid.

    In Chigurh’s phonecall with Moss he echoes the judge’s talk with the kid,

    I’m going to bring you something all right, Moss said. I’ve decided to make you a special project of mine. You aint goin to have to look for me at all.

    I’m glad to hear that. You were beginning to disappoint me. (NCFOM Pg185)

    Compared with,

    Was it always your idea that if you did not speak you would not be recognized?

    You seen me.

    The judge ignored this. I recognized you when I first saw you and yet you were a disappointment to me. Then and now. (BM Pg328)

    But according to the judge Chigurh has already made the same fatal and unrecoverable mistake as the kid.

    You came forward, he said, to take part in a work. But you were a witness against yourself. You sat in judgment on your own deeds. You put your allowances before the judgments of history and you broke with the body of which you were pledge a part and poisoned it in all its enterprise. (BM Pg307)

    An hour later I was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy outside of Sonora Texas and I let him take me into town in handcuffs. I’m not sure why I did this but I think I wanted to see if I could extricate myself by an act of will. Because I believe that one can. That such a thing is possible. But it was a foolish thing to do. A vain thing to do. (NCFOM P175)

    Despite the fact that the two motives are wildly different, clemency for the heathen and a reservation, however slight, of a sliver of one’s heart from the commons, it makes no difference.

    Chigurh’s coin tosses while apparently being deferential to fate are in fact a second questioning otherwise there would be no need for the toss. Chigurh maintains himself as an instrument of fate all the way until Carla Jean in the offering of the coin toss. His explanations after the fact cannot succeed in covering up that he allowed some clemency for Carla Jean. Thus his second guessing and his judgment of history.

    It is worth noting the common employment of coins between Holden and Chigurh. But again in the case of the latter it is mere epigonism. Chigurh interprets judgment from the flipping of a coin. Holden judges the coins.

    09 Feb 2017 at 8:22 am #8829


    Cool stuff on the “disappointment” angle, and also the bit on the coins. Super interesting.

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