We might, of course, be tempted to answer in this case by saying that there are two animals because there is one horse and one dog; but this is not to give a more determinate explanation of their diversity, their twoness
One ever feels his twoness
,--an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body" (5).
when there is no experience of twoness
, neither separation nor envy need be felt, but, equally, no learning can occur.
More so than the gold leaf, which is homogenous in composition, the compasses maintain a twoness
despite their unity: "If they be two, they are two so / As stiffe twin compasses are two" (25-26).
And Burroughs makes a similar assertion through the character of The Rube: "I am not two--I am one--But to maintain my state of oneness I need twoness
in other life forms--Other must talk so that I can remain silent" (Nova 77).
We can see that the book is also a text of cosmological twoness
, simultaneously manifesting something like the order of human civilization--the sloppy palimpsest of things "scribbled, crost, and cramm'd" in the margins--and something like the resistant, unknowable, ahistoric order of nature.
But what Hurston shows in Tell My Horse, despite its critical reception, is the power of this twoness
that allows the border crosser to extricate cultural practice from national interests, as needed, and then suture them as needed, too; this tension between resistance and accommodation is one that Hurston certainly employs in her research and personal life and that she finds mirrored, as a constitutional element of Creole culture, in Jamaica.
By using Koranic verses to explain the relation between God and His created entities, Ibn 'Arabi refers to the term 'couple' which can mean spouse or one of a couple; Koran makes the term's twoness
completely explicit by using it in the dual.
It is true that "to the objection that all this talk of twoness
and oneness in narrative does not correspond very well to classic two-natures-in-one-being Christology," McClendon himself replied, "It does not," (58) yet there is good ecumenical precedent for considering them compatible.
encompassed states of dream and waking and keeping his eyes open while he slept.
The Yoruba people tell us, according to Babatunde Lawal, that, "Threeness is to the initiate as twoness
is to the uninitiated", signifying that a bond between two initiates of a sacred bond that has sworn an oath of secrecy, and most importantly, has jointly witnessed the invisible third party of the bonding transaction, is stronger than the bond between two friends.
But this means we have also learned of twoness
(the concept of difference) in distinction to oneness (the concept of sameness).