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September 08, 2010


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I don't know why I never caught this before, but I was reading about the biblical story of David and Uriah this morning, and I suddenly realized, "Uriah . . . and David . . . DUH!" Not that Dickens was necessarily thinking of that incident when he created the characters, but it's just an interesting connection. Although the biblical Uriah, poor man, had far better qualities than the Dickens Uriah.

And then there's the fact that "Agnes" sounds similar to the Latin word for "lamb" (and, research reveals, St. Agnes is often depicted with a lamb!). And the prophet Nathan in the Uriah/David story accused David of stealing a (metaphorical) lamb.

Nina, did you know all this when you wrote the poem, or was it just a big Dickensidence??

Heck no, I knew all this! That's why I was, initially, so convinced Dickens had put a double meaning into the story. It could just be ironic, but that's what inspired this poem. :)

Almost exactly what you said, here:

Also, remember how [King] David was so outraged at the treatment of biblical Uriah - he didn't even realize his own part in the drama. That's kind of what I wonder about in the novel, if David is as reliably a good guy as he seems. :)

Ah, I should read your site more carefully!

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