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(I am catching up on comments, really I am. Slowly but surely...)

It's sort of funny that it's not until someone who uses a screen reader to read "Slave Breakers" hears "Yves" as "Eve" (they are, of course, pronounced the same) that I realize Holden and Yves have hair analagous in color and style (if not in length) to that of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost. I went to look up the passage in question to see if I was remembering correctly that Adam's hair was supposed to be thick and dark and Eve's loose-curled and blond, and-- well, here's Milton's first description of the couple, in Book IV:

His fair large front and eye sublime declared
Absolute rule; and hyacinthine locks
Round from his parted forelock manly hung
Clustering, but not beneath his shoulders broad:
She, as a veil, down to the slender waist
Her unadornèd golden tresses wore
Dishevelled, but in wanton ringlets waved
As the vine curls her tendrils, which implied
Subjection
, but required with gentle sway,
And by her yielded, by him best received,
Yielded with coy submission, modest pride,
And sweet reluctant amorous delay.

Now am I reading in, or did he just say that curly hair implies submissiveness?

*looks at the hair of various Slave Breakers characters*

*thinks about various iterations of Western pop culture, including Adam Bede and Working Girl, and of certain cultural tendencies along lines of gender and race*

*blinks*

I am so writing my dissertation on this.

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