Russell Henderson, Aaron McKinney and unidentified policeman 245in x 45in. oil pastels, graphite on paper. 2004

Samuel said, “Apply that to the Cain - Abel story.”

“I think I can,” Lee answered Samuel. “I think this is the best-known story in the world because it is everybody’s story. I think it is the symbol story of the human soul. I’m feeling my way now - don’t jump on me if I’m not clear. The greatest ter- ror a child can have is that he is not loved, and rejection is the hell he fears. I think everyone in the world to a large or small extent has felt rejection. And with rejection comes anger, and with anger some kind of crime in revenge for the rejection, and with the crime guilt - and there is the story of mankind...”

From East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, 1952.