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Hall, Marston asserts, gets it wrong on all counts: he takes a censorian stance which virtually no one is qualified to assume; he rails rather than "laugh[s] and sport[s]"; and, in his attacks on contemporary poetry, he censures poetry's essence rather than its peccant manifestations.
Augustine's statement "peccatum est nichil," Thomas responds that "peccatum nichil est, quo nichil fiunt homines cum peccant .
165)-a redemptive gesture repeated at a human level when the peccant explorer, Egremont, is, in effect, reborn from a clayey cavern, woven over with twisted, snakelike roots-marks of primal error in which he himself has recently participated by slaying his fellow man.