After painting another picture

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After painting another picture, once again in a dreamlike state, of his dark dream image, Sinclair  begins to worship it. The words of the biblical Jacob exhorting the blessing of the angel he has  wrestled into submission come to Emil's mind. This partly explains the significance of the chapter  title. Emil is clinging to the figure he has imprisoned on canvas and is asking its blessing. During this  particular trance, Sinclair's mind flashes to the remote past, even pre-existence, and then to the  future. Waking from his deep sleep, he finds the painting mysteriously missing. He is unable to remember  what happened to it but thinks he might have burned it, and that possibly in his dream he burned it in  his palm and then ate the ashes. The most probable answer is that the painting existed only in  Sinclair's mind. Restless, Sinclair ventures into the night and finds himself hurriedly drawn through the town by some 
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course ENG 1310 taught by Professor Pilkington during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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