6) The journey here in the narrative is one from violence in discourse to violence in practice, as the actual description of the shooting comes late in the book, and the dehumanization, from eligible bachelor to would-be miscegenator
, follows the same pattern, if you accept the premise (which seems to be Henry's) that the discovery that Charles is partly black makes him less human, easier to kill.
He says: "Her (the Hottentot Eve's) presence on the frontier lends the myth a quality of potential interchange, since she, as pastoral ambassadress, temptress, mediator and, ultimately miscegenator
, comes to symbolize both the attractions and intractabilities of inland, that unknown terrain across the ever-shifting frontier.
Her ambiguous erotic autonomy is open to a range of threatening possibilities: lesbian, prostitute, miscegenator
It is less important to prove that Buck and Buddy are homosexual lovers than to understand that Isaac believes they are, believes that his father is a homosexual miscegenator
and that these beliefs, conscious or unconscious, are what drives his renunciation of the land and of his family tradition, not his grandfather's presumptive heterosexual miscegenation and incest.
That is, the fear of atavism serves as both a barrier to would-be miscegenators
and a policing agent against potential passers: "The fear of becoming the parent of a distinctively negro child is all that keeps many young octoroons of both sexes from crossing the color line matrimonially; the same fear keeps many young white men from marrying young women to whom they are strongly attracted but who, they have reason to suspect, have a strain of negro blood" (C.