And now,'' said Locksley, ``I will crave your Grace's permission to plant such a mark as
is used in the North Country; and welcome every brave yeoman who shall try a shot at it to win a smile from the bonny lass he loves best.
He has only to put her through an unconscious examination by getting her to read and mark a
few of his favourite authors, and he is thus in possession of the master clues of her character.
His conversion indicts a crew member's searing words, uttered shortly before the Allmuseri uprising, which characterize Calhoun as a shallow, worthless, anonymous piece of cargo: "'Once we reach New Orleans the rest of us kin sign on to other ships, and Calhoun'll go on his own way, like he's always done, believin' in nothin', belongin' to nobody, driftin' here and there and dyin', probably, in a ditch without so much as leavin' a mark on the world - or as much of a mark as
you get from writin' on water'" (88).
It initially encountered selling pressure against the mark as
investors sought to cover their intra-European exposures by buying marks.
So David Rhoads and Donald Michie, Mark as
Story (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1982), 113-14.
Her mark is interpreted in various, mostly negative, ways throughout the novel: Nel's children think of the mark as a "scary black thing" (97-98), and Jude, Nel's husband, who gets angry when Sula will not participate in the "milkwarm commiseration" he needs to feel like a man, thinks that Sula has a copperhead over her eye (103).
The mark as rose and snake signifies the beauty and danger of Sula's kind of freedom.
The way out of that guilt and rejection, for Toni Morrison, is to claim the mark as a symbol of the self and willingly to undergo what one has been forced to undergo in the past.
Then on February 7, the West German government announced plans for immediate talks on monetary union between East and West Germany, and the dollar began to firm against the mark as attention quickly focused on the possible inflationary consequences of such a move.
At that time, the dollar also came under more intense upward pressure against the mark as fears of German inflation intensified.
Moreover, the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, which use Mark as their primary source, and the Fourth Gospel, which may also count Mark among its sources, all include appearances of the risen Jesus.
On the impact of Mark as a coherent narrative see Richard Horsley, Hearing the Whole Story: The Politics of Plot in Mark's Gospel (Louisville" Westminster John Knox, 2001), and David Rhoads, Joanna Dewey and Donald Michie, Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999).
Joanna Dewey, "Mark as Interwoven Tapestry: Forecasts and Echoes for a Listening Audience," Catholic Biblical Quarterly 53 (1991): 221-36, and "The Gospel of Mark as an Oral-Aural Event: Implications for Interpretation," in The New Literary Criticism and the New Testament, ed.