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What does this quote from The Road, by Cormac McCarthy mean, "The blind dogs of the sun in their running."

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"He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like groundfoxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it." (p. 110)


We are in a world that is dying. The idea of light is a central metaphor throughout the book, and here the sun, the source of light, is likened to ?blind dogs?. They ? and therefore the sun ? are still in motion, but there is no light. All there is is a curshing black vaccum. The two hunted animals are the man and the boy, and they are being hunted by existence itself, among the last living remains of the dead, intestate planet Earth.

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