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About One Little Word

The basis for the original theme of One Little Word came from a consideration of the biblical person Lot (Genesis 11-14 and 19, Luke 17:28-33, 2 Peter 2:6-9) and particularly his relationship regarding his two daughters as found in Genesis 19:8 ("Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes") and Genesis 19:32 ("Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father"). The notion of a father offering his two daughters to a mob of men is abhorrent and the passage has proven troublesome for bible expositors for centuries. One of the more popular interpretations is that the later incestuous relationship between Lot and his two daughters was a product of his having earlier corrupted them when he offered them to the men of Sodom. Bob Deffinbaugh succinctly stated, "From Lot, his two daughters learned that morality must sometimes be sacrificed to practicality," and as such they were willing to commit incest with their father for the purpose of not mixing with the unrighteous having learned situational ethics from Lot. Ultimately, One Little Word is a consideration of how the characters of that particular narrative could be taken and put into a different, relatively modern, context, and how their stories might play out when joined with 1 Timothy 6:10 ("For the love of money is the root of all evil").

Notes on One Little Word

-Ellie's judging of what constitutes good and bad as regards nature and the man-made is based on the Catalanian architect Antoni Gaudí's style of work. "There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners" is a quote attributed to him.

-"For I was an hungered..." Matthew 25:35

-Alexandra's references to her family's past are references to the real history of Georgia which had been founded as a British colony by a man named James Oglethorpe.

-"died months later due to her chronic hypernatremia" Hypernatremia results from elevated sodium levels of the blood. In the case of Mrs. Lotson, this resulted from damage to her kidneys when she was gored by a bull. Like Lot's wife in the Bible, Mrs. Lotson died because she looked back, only instead of turning into a literal pillar of salt, she died from an excess of salt in her blood.

-Bela is mentioned in Genesis 14:8 as being a city near Sodom and Gomorrah which was spared destruction.

-Teeny's birth name of Zoara means "Tiny" of "Insignificant" in Hebrew.

-The "Golliwog" doll Mary refers to is based upon a fictional character created by children's author Florence Kate Upton in the late 19th century. The dolls based on the character were popular well into the 20th century but due to the fact that they represented a garish, anti-African-American caricature, they fell out of popularity. Mary refers to it as "unfortunate" due to her perception of its racist nature.

John Alexander Dowie (1847-1907) was a Scottish born Apostolic evangelist. The character of Adoniram Lotson was based on Dowie in so much as costume and theology were concerned. Dowie operated mostly in the United States and Australia advocating a return to the primitive condition of the church and emphasizing divine healing and speaking in tongues. He is considered to be an influential forerunner of the modern day Pentecostal denomination. Dowie led a long life on the run, continually pursued by his own failed enterprises in which he was repeatedly caught performing false healing miracles on paid actors or defrauding investors in his sham businesses, though, to his credit, he wasn't as evil as Lotson.

My original notes for the plot of the novel.