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|Clay mixed with iron
Written by Ramya
(10/17/2011 8:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, of so much use to Mrs. Clay's [associations], penned by Stephanie
The metaphor may fit. The original passage in Daniel reads: Daniel 2:31-34 31 “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. 32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. 34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.
There is a theme of lessening glory as we go down the statue, finally culminating in the mixing of iron and clay at the feet. The destruction of the statue results from a blow struck at the feet. Mrs. Clay's surname may well signify a mixing of the bloodlines between the upperclass Elliots and the lowerclass Mrs. Clay.
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