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That Was Then, This Is Now

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What did Bryon mean when he asked himself, "Was Mark a throwback?"

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The American Heritage Dictionary defines "throwback" as "a reversion to a former type or ancestral characteristic." Byron is wondering if Mark's lack of moral understanding and conscience is due to a genetic weakness. He realizes, however, that he probably won't ever know the answer to the question of whether Mark...

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The American Heritage Dictionary defines "throwback" as "a reversion to a former type or ancestral characteristic." Byron is wondering if Mark's lack of moral understanding and conscience is due to a genetic weakness. He realizes, however, that he probably won't ever know the answer to the question of whether Mark is a throwback. Mark was an illegitimate child - his mother is dead, killed in a drunken argument, and all he knows about his father is what she told him, that he was a "golden-eyed cowboy," in town for a rodeo.

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