TANDY/ Tandy Hard

PP. 84: “The stranger arose and stood before Tom Hard. His body rocked back and forth and he seemed about to fall, but instead he dropped to his knees on the sidewalk and raised the hands of the little girl to his drunken lips. He kissed them ecstatically. ‘Be Tandy, little one,” he pleaded. ‘Dare to be strong and courageous. That is the road. Venture anything. Be brave enough to dare to be loved. Be something more than man or woman. Be Tandy.”

Raised the hands The phrase “raised the hands” occurs once elsewhere, in Hands (7). (In the next chapter, The Strength of God, the image on the window is of “Christ laying his hand on the head of a child.”)

An Idea of God… This is another chapter in which it is revealed (this time, in his remarks on God) that Anderson’s personal philosophy is significantly coloring this work –ideas on religion, on gender, on modernization.

This makes Anderson seem more akin to an author like Tolstoy (whose War & Peace, for example, occurs against the backdrop of his ideas of history) than to Dostoyevsky, whose philosophizing tends to occur in the mouths of his characters and without the authority of the narrator.

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