By John Dos Passos
Publish yr note: First released in 1970
Despite disorder within the ultimate years of his lifestyles, Dos Passos presses on for experience. He and his spouse trip to Easter Island, the place they discover the background in the back of the recognized statues--called maois.
"When i used to be a small boy," Dos Passos says, "some style individual took me to the British Museum. There I observed a statue, a major, tough, dark-gray statue with [a] lengthy, unhappy, dark-gray face. The statue stared again out of deep, sunken eyes. What used to be it attempting to say? To today i will have in mind the sensation it gave me of savage, brooding melancholy."
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The present Pharaoh was uneasy about the independent power of the Hebrews, fearing they could form alliances with his enemies or fight directly against Egypt. “Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens” (Exodus 1:11). But the Israelites still multiplied, even under conditions of slavery. Next, the Pharaoh turned to genocide. He ordered that all male children born to the Israelites be thrown in the Nile. Moses (“drawn from the water”), a child of the tribe of Levites, was three months old when he was set afloat in an ark of bulrushes.
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night. (Exodus 13:21) God again turned the heart of Pharaoh to anger, “that I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army; and the Egyptians shall know 2 The New Year was later moved to the Fall. See appendix 3 for the holiday calendar. 3 Isaiah, 45:7. 58 exodus that I am the Lord” (Exodus 14:4 NRSV). The Israelites were camped along the banks of the Red Sea when the Egyptian army came after them.
The Egyptian magicians did the same, but Aaron’s serpent consumed them all. Next, a cruel series of ten plagues of increasing severity came upon the land. The first nine included the waters turning to blood, followed by infestations of frogs, gnats, flies, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, then darkness covering the land for three days. At first, the Egyptian magicians duplicated the plagues, leaving Pharaoh unmoved at this contest between the God of Israel and the gods of Egypt. But as the plagues increased in severity, the Egyptian magicians were unable to replicate them, telling Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God” (Exodus 8:19).
Easter Island: Island of Enigmas by John Dos Passos