Posted on by efscerbo
Damn, I don’t think I ever really thought about what “circled upon himself” meant. I guess I was just assuming it referred to the tracks, not to Tobin himself. That’s an awesome detail, thanks!
Never noticed this one before:
“Every man in the company claims to have encountered that sootysouled rascal in some other place.” (130)
“And that was the judge the first ever I saw him.” (141)
Is this another instance where we’re supposed to realize Tobin’s lying?
I have been thinking about this for a long time, and it has led me somewhere strange but this scene is so overloaded with cathloic imagery that it’s impossible to ignore. Tobin is the devil. Not the judge as is usually thought, and this is played out in the desert scene. Tobin becomes a literal snake here and tries to tempt the kid in the same way satan did to… jesus. The kid is the son, the judge is the father and the idiot is the holy Spirit. Cormac is a heavy catholic, and blood meridian may be a look into how to deal with evil in gods world. The judge is amoral, unfeeling, dancing with death and destruction, he is the universe/god. The only thing he saves and loves is the idiot who represents his love and is the only innocent character in the book and could therefore well be the holy spirit. The judge is attempting to unify the three of them, but the kid via the devils temptation is resisting him. This has huge implications for the ending. For what if what the men saw was not something brutal and violent in the jakes, but something divine? Brutality and violence have been explained in detail throughout the book. Now I’m personally not sure about this, but tobin in the desert scene is very telling.
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