Thursday, March 24, 2005



Planet of the Apes (1968):
Beware the beast man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him, for he is the harbinger of death.
Dr. Zaius is reading from the Sacred Scrolls, 29:6.

Whenever I hear these words, I wonder if "the Devil's pawn" is a mistake for "the Devil's spawn," by haplography. Perhaps the answer lies in the novel on which the movie is based, Pierre Boule's La planète des singes, which I've never read.

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