Sunday, July 9, 2017

pecos: the hunt 1

Earl, 70-something, meets Henry when he drives to Joe's place, having not heard from him in awhile. There he meets Henry, who is in the middle of building a deck. (By now he has the dogs he picked up at the shelter, where he meets Susan, through whom he meets Danny, her son just back from Afghanistan.)

Earl wonders if Henry would be interested in doing some work at Earl's place, a ranch a couple hours away. Henry ends up doing it; we meet Josefina, Earl's wife; and Earl ends up extending the offer to come back for a deer hunt sometime, if he's interested.

Henry accepts, brings along Danny, as Earl told him Henry he could invite someone.

Also along on the hunt, lo and behold, is Jesse, knocked out by Henry in the parking lot of Kokernot Field, where he has seen a ballgame with Susan, their first date.

Turns out that Danny "freaking hates" Jesse, per what Dale tells Sylvia. But he doesn't know why and doesn't ask questions because Danny doesn't like being asked questions. (Being imprisoned in Afghanistan and tortured and interrogated has left a mark on Danny.)

Dale does not know that Danny saw Jesse rape Sylvia under the high school football field bleachers one night. Dale always had a huge crush on Sylvia. Danny was considerably smaller at the time and threatened by Jesse if he ever said anything.

(Sylvia, whom we meet in Florida when she is purchasing a handgun, has returned to Alpine to kill Jesse.)

Jesse is along on the hunt as a guest of Enrique, Jesse's uncle. (Jesse's father is dead, his mother in prison.) Enrique is an old friend of Earl's. He's also in the drug business, as is Jesse through him.

Two other hunters, Scott and Jeff, who've paid for the hunt, are D.E.A., which Earl may or may not be aware of; I'm not sure yet what side of the fence he's on but there's some potential for some cinematic slight-of-hand in this. Enrique definitely does NOT know what Scott and Jeff are really hunting for.

The ranch has an airstrip and Earl, who flew a "Huey" in Vietnam (where Joe was a marine), has a helicopter, as well as a couple drones he is fond of using re: property surveillance and as a hunting tool.

Enrique will fly in on his plane with Jesse.

The final two hunters along are a Bubba (Texas State Militia) and his 15-year-old daughter, Crystal, from Fort Worth, who are there to just to kill a couple deer.

Added to this unsettled dynamic are at least two young men from south of the border who are trying to get through Earl's ranch undetected and, hopefully, onto better things somewhere north.

Not to give too much away, but:

Legge: The sixth line, dynamic, shows the king employing his subject in his punitive expeditions. Achieving admirable merit, he breaks only the chiefs of the rebels. Where his prisoners were not their associates, he does not punish. There will be no error.
Wilhelm/Baynes: The king uses him to march forth and chastise. Then it is best to kill the leaders and take captive the followers. No blame.
Blofeld: The King went forth to set things to rights and, blessed by heaven with victory, he destroyed the leader of the rebels; but he did not chastise the rebel followers -- no error!
Liu: The king goes to fight. Victory. He kills the leader and captures the followers. No blame.
Ritsema/Karcher: Kinghood availing-of issuing-forth chastising. Possessing excellence. Severing the head. Catching in-no-way its demons. Without fault.
Shaughnessy: The king goes out on campaign; there is the joy of cutting off heads and bagging the non-masses; there is no trouble.
Cleary (1): The king hereby goes on an expedition; there is good luck, and he crushes the leader. As the captive is not the common followers, there is no blame.
Cleary (2): The king goes on an expedition, has good luck, and overcomes the leader, taking captives, but not because they are repugnant. No fault.
Wu: The king leads his expedition, commends those who kill the defiant chieftains, and captures those who are against his people. There will be no blame.
Confucius/Legge: The object is to bring the regions to a correct state. Wilhelm/Baynes: In order to bring the country under discipline. Blofeld: To rectify the affairs of the various states comprising his realm. [This passage implies that we may be compelled to resort to forceful measures but that we should avoid chastising those who have been led to do harm by others.] Ritsema/Karcher: Using correcting the fiefdoms indeed. Cleary (2): To bring correct order to the country. Wu: He does what is good for the country.

Nine at the top means:
The king used him to march forth and chastise.
Then it is best to kill the leaders
And take captive the followers. No blame.

It is not the purpose of chastisement to impose punishment blindly but to create discipline. Evil must be cured at its roots. To eradicate evil in political life, it is best to kill the ringleaders and spare the followers. In educating oneself it is best to root out bad habits and tolerate those that are harmless. For asceticism that is too strict, like sentences of undue severity, fails in its purpose.

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