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The mark of election, the Noli me tangere, is on all three, but they are free to choose whether to preach the Word or, like Parker, mutely to witness it on their flesh. One way that intoxication with God expresses itself, in short, is Satanism. " The Misfit preaches the same radical Christian dualism from a different pulpit: "If He did what He said, then it's nothing for you to 34 Flannery O'Connor do but thow away everything and follow Him, and if He didn't, then it's nothing for you to do but enjoy the few minutes you got left the best way you can — by killing somebody or burning down his house or doing some other meanness to him.
One answer that she gave to interviewers, that Protestant Fundamentalism was the milieu in which she grew up, is not really satisfactory. True, there are not many Catholics in rural Georgia, but then there are not many (or any) Hazes or Tarwaters either. Miss O'Connor gave a deeper answer in an interview with Granville Hicks: "I'm not interested in the sects as sects; I'm concerned with the religious individual, the backwoods prophet. , quoted in the memorial issue of Esprit, she wrote: "People make a judgment of fanaticism by what they are themselves.
In "A View of the Woods," the pairing becomes mother's father and girl. In "The Lame Shall Enter First," Rufus Johnson lives with his crazy grandfather (presumably his mother's father), until the old man goes off "with a remnant to the hills," to prepare against the destruction of the world by fiery flood. The point of this relationship is that the grandfather or uncle is the true father, and the grandson or nephew (however he resists it) is the true heir. This replacement of the father as authority by 31 STANLEY EDGAR H Y M A N the mother's brother or father would be natural enough in the writing of an author whose father died in her childhood, but before settling for an autobiographical cause here we should notice that the mother's brother rather than the father as family authority is an important feature of primitive matriliny, and thus of much of our most resonant myth and legend.