The Hanging of Absalom, Silk, Weft-silk fabric, foil wrapped threads, paper, watercolor; attributed to Faith Robinson Trumbull (1718-1780) c. 1770. Lyman Allyn Art Museum at Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut. This Revolutionary-War-era embroidery, done at a time when such bible stories were well-known, depicts Absalom as a patriot being killed by a British redcoat. Absalom, here, has rebelled against his "father" David, in the guise of King George III, who sits on his throne, oblivious to the suffering of his child. (from "Religion and the American Revolution."
Wrapping It Up
In college, I had lots of people to talk to in depth about books, and we were all equally excited -- I remember long dinner-table conversations that migrated to one of our dorm rooms, and went on into the night. Adult life isn't like that, but blogging does offer some great opportunities for communication. I'm grateful to our commenters here for their contributions to the conversation and wonder if any of them have additional thoughts about this form of book talk.
But mostly I want to thank you for helping me think more deeply about this remarkable book; it proved to me how our human minds really do thrive on input from others. I'm also keen to go on reading and talking about Faulkner, who seems to occupy a unique place in American arts&letters. After posting this, I'm starting my re-read (40 years later) of The Sound and the Fury.