With her "eyes like cloudy hothouse grapes" (738), Eula Varner's "entire appearance suggested some symbology out of the old Dionysic times--honey in sunlight and bursting grapes, the writhen bleeding of the crushed fecundated
vine beneath the hard rapacious trampling goat-hoof" (817).
Roger's sexual performance is insipid: the chilling predator fails to arouse the voluptuous Verna to her wonted lubricity, and she instinctively knows that she is in no danger of being fecundated
by him (281).
Their introduction is filled with obfuscating prose such as the following gem: "That opacity of knowledge, figured in the cross-mirroring faces and forces of available identification, is the kind of disorienting refraction that Sedgwick sees as constitutive of a self, her self, the self that fecundates and is fecundated
by inimitable similarities, similar inimitabilities" (emphasis in original).
What does one make of the statement of Adobard's, that Mary was fecundated
through the ear?
180 and 430 was a colonialist hybrid fecundated
by Roman imperialism.