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This, juxtaposed with "Harry Jones" (in all its commonness) and "Dickie Delacroix" (of-the-Cross) urges us to an awareness of the Hairy Ape within us all, veneered by a Christianity as perverted as "Delacroix," vulgarized to "Dellacroy" by the villagers. Delacroix, warm and friendly in her natural state, who will select a stone "so large she had to pick it up with both hands" and will encourage her friends to follow suit ... Adams," at once progenitor and martyr in the Judeo-Christian myth of man, stands with "Mrs.
Graves"—the ultimate refuge or escape of all mankind—in the forefront of the crowd.
First, the heads of the extended families draw slips until every family has a slip.
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