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.
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