Furthermore, the notion of the vampire as 'miscegenator
' positions the figure not only as the ethnic or racial Other, but also as male, with the white female body as the locus for racial purity.
(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."
Faulkner here returns to his notorious practice with interviewers of answering as simply as possible; even if he intended Carothers to be taken as an incestuous miscegenator
, the novel provides no evidence of it; nor does it suggest that Eunice is a "handsome octoroon." Apparently while he was writing Go Down, Moses he drew at least three different genealogical charts; they at any rate appear on the versos of pages of preliminary typescripts of that novel (Thomas L.