Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Proverb

One of expressions goes something like this. "If you kill a frog in the well, you kill the clan." There's another one too. "Two is people, one is beast of the forest." I've been thinking about such proverbs from when I was young, and I've decided that in the matter of One Small Boy there will be no proverb from a language I barely remember.

And too, whenever I read a book that has anything like a proverb at its beginning my immediate reaction is "And Lo. For Esau was an hairy man, but I am an smooth man." And this follows me through the course of the story as a sort of guiding hand to the mind that wrote the story. So there'll be no proverb at the beginning of One Small Boy. Which is a kind of a relief.

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