It’s said in Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses that a pretty horse, like the bay Blevins rides, is ‘always more trouble than it’s worth.’ Well I think that statement is what really turns the gears of that story. There are many different opinions about that statement. The effects of beauty in a fallen, misguided world where there is still grace. The things crystallized with an arthritic dog and a lamenting brother at the end of The Crossing: grief, regret, sympathy, and grace. 


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