This week on a very cold pre-dawn Augusta morning I found myself standing outside waiting to clear security. There were many people standing around and one near me I overheard. This person was relaying a story to another pair of nearby ears about an inmate who was trying to get this person to give them something. The inmates request, which I did not catch, was somehow unreasonable and as such denied. Their response was to say, “I’ll cut.”
So in order to manipulate one there to help them they would harm themselves. That is not a very good strategy, and the prison worker made it plain that the inmate had not gotten what they were after.
While I was reading chapter 7 in Steel’s Blue book this week a similar thing happened. It was not phrased quite the same, but let me paint a shortened version of this chapter’ background. In chapter 6 Ginny had had to go off to Afghanistan on one of her trips. Blue dropped out of school and the house he had been staying in heading back to the streets. [Read more…]