I read a few more stories from the Flannery O’Conner book that Alexis gave me a month or two ago. Her stories consistently point to things we try to ignore in our lives. She is so skilled, her stories are so densely packed with meaning, that she is probably pointing to my own hypocrisy and I’m missing it.
It’s easy when she is pointing at others, though. In “The Lame Shall Enter First”, a father neglects his own son to help another juvenile delinquent. The delinquent relapses and his son commits suicide. The story, when put down like this, seems so simple and moralistic. But there is much more going on there than can be grasped initially. The quick summary doesn’t capture the depth of her story by any means.