Naked and symbolically castrated, Lone passes the test, choosing forgiveness rather than revenge, love instead of hate. Virgil's last desperate cry had been to him and only his life can give it meaning. As he puts it:
I'm not gonna die! You want me to die, Cassie? You want me to die, don't you? Say it. I know it! But I ain't gonna kill myself, nobody has to kill himself. Boyd stripped me down tonight, like just bein' naked would be enough to kill me. (p. 283)
Cassie and Lone end the novel in the child-like innocence of sleep, finally able to confront each other's nakedness without shame or incestuous longing. As Madden knows, there is, indeed, a "Power in the Blood." For all the loose threads and somewhat unconvincing resolution, there is a power in Cassandra Singing as well.
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Publication information: Book title: Between Two Worlds:The American Novel in the 1960's. Contributors: Sanford Pinsker - Author. Publisher: Whitston. Place of publication: Troy, NY. Publication year: 1980. Page number: 114.
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