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Memnoch the Devil (Anne Rice) - Marble Angel with Seashell Basin
In chapter 2, on page 34, Lestat enters Roger's apartment, and when he goes around a corner he almost runs into a "great marble statue of an angel", offering holy water in a half shell. The statue is described as "poised as if HE had just landed from the skies to offer HIS sacred basin." Lestat "slapped HIS bent knee gently and went around HIM."
In chapter 5, on page 122, Lestat and David are moving the antiques to a different location. Lestat describes the "white marble angel with HER seashell holy water basin."
Is this angel representative of a male or female?
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Don't know if it matters which copy, but the one with Book V of the Vampire Chronicles on the cover
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Jade on 02-01-2001
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Jade writes:
There is no grammatical default for a humanoid form. Besides, if it came down to that, he wouldn't say he one time and she another time.
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tiamot writes:
While painters and writers have traditionally cast angels in male forms, they are actually androgynous. However I think this is just a printing/editing error.
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bahnt writes:
Angels traditionally (art, etc.) appear in the form of men, but they supposedly have male and female genitalia. Hmmm....great point, though.
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KidV writes:
it COULD all get down to technicalities in grammar. "His" and "he" can be used to identify pretty much anything, because it's basically the grammatical default for things like that.
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BloodyTear writes:
It's been a while since I've read the book, but wasn't the original statue suppose to be an illusion? Because I remember something about Memnoch Appearing to Lestat many times before he took him on their little adventure.
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