Dedication

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  • 11 Nov 2015 at 9:18 am #7862

    Ash
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    Esteemed friends,

    Does anybody have any thoughts (or can anybody direct me to a thread where thoughts have already been expressed) about the dedication at the end of the Border Trilogy?

    I will be your child to hold
    And you be me when I am old
    The world grows cold
    The heathen rage
    The story’s told
    Turn the page.


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    11 Nov 2015 at 1:47 pm #7863

    robmcinroy
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    There are different versions in the drafts in the archives. In one (91/71/5 p 290) it says:

    Add one more. The road shaped by the going upon it. So the story is told. Turn the page

    And in 91/76/2 (mostly fragments and stray sentences for use elsewhere, he uses:

    Add one more to the infinite to makes a question weight. The road is shaped by the going upon it. So. The story is told. Turn the page.

    Not sure how useful any of that is, but I suppose it shows that “turn the page” preceded the lines that come before it in his thinking.


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    12 Nov 2015 at 9:16 am #7866

    Ash
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    Thanks! Interesting to see again the influence of Machado. That influence doesn’t come through in the final version.


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    21 Jul 2016 at 7:18 am #8462

    Trevor
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    I think the first two lines refer to God. Consider the end of The Road when the boy tries to speak to God but finds it best to speak to his father. “She said that the breath of God was his breath yet though it pass from man to man through all time.”
    We are the Child of God and later we carry him into the dark as lux en tenebris.


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