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  • Cormac McCarthy uses "anthroparian" in Outer Dark describing an assualt on a wagon driver. The "anthrop-" probably refers to "anthropoid," as in "like a human, but not quite human." The "-arian" may be associated with "agrarian," as the socialist movement for fair distribution of land ownership could be somehow mockingly related to the Robin Hoodlum murderous robbery going on at Page 51 of Outer Dark. This nameless humanoid critter might be the same no-named guy travelling with Harmon and the "man" who takes Holme's stolen boots after the ferry accident.

    October 7, 2009