April 24 2016
What this strange book is about, at least in part. Macguffins: baptism and murder. And Free Indirect Discourse, natch. The Protestant vs. the Catholic bible. O'Connor quoting from Douay-Rheims. The relevant passage in Matthew:
And when they went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? a reed shaken with the wind?  But what went you out to see? a man clothed in soft garments? Behold they that are clothed in soft garments, are in the houses of kings.  But what went you out to see? a prophet? yea I tell you, and more than a prophet.  For this is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.  Amen I say to you, there hath not risen among them that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist: yet he that is the lesser in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away.  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John:  And if you will receive it, he is Elias that is to come.  He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  But whereunto shall I esteem this generation to be like? It is like to children sitting in the market place.  Who crying to their companions say: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have lamented, and you have not mourned.  For John came neither eating nor drinking; and they say: He hath a devil.  The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say: Behold a man that is a glutton and a wine drinker, a friend of publicans and sinners. And wisdom is justified by her children.  Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein were done the most of his miracles, for that they had not done penance.
Matthew, 11: 7-20, in the Douay Rheims Bible