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Sabbath Lily Hawks / The Young Girl Character Analysis

The teenaged daughter of Asa Hawks, Sabbath helps her father in his begging and preaching ventures, fully knowing that he is a fraud. She decides early in the novel to seduce Hazel, and turns out to be more wily and experienced than he realizes at first. She is fascinated with children, telling multiple short parables about unwanted or dangerous children.

Sabbath Lily Hawks / The Young Girl Quotes in Wise Blood

The Wise Blood quotes below are all either spoken by Sabbath Lily Hawks / The Young Girl or refer to Sabbath Lily Hawks / The Young Girl. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Religious Belief, Redemption, and Sin Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Farrar, Strauss and Giroux edition of Wise Blood published in 2007.
Chapter 7 Quotes

They climbed the hill and went down the other side of it, she a little ahead of Haze. He saw that sitting under a tree with her might help him to seduce her, but he was in no hurry to get on with it, considering her innocence. He felt it was too hard of a job to be done in an afternoon. She sat down under a large pine and patted the ground close beside her for him to sit on, but he sat about five feet away from her on a rock. He rested his chin on his knees and looked straight ahead.

Related Characters: Hazel ‘Haze’ Motes, Sabbath Lily Hawks / The Young Girl
Page Number: 119
Explanation and Analysis:

In this quote, Hazel and Sabbath take a walk in the countryside after Sabbath hides in the back of Hazel's car, hoping to seduce the young newcomer. Barefoot now, Sabbath runs ahead and they find a tree to sit under. This is a romantic situation, but Hazel, the social outsider, is completely oblivious to Sabbath's advances. In fact, he has decided to seduce Sabbath, for reasons of principle – that is, to prove to her father, Asa Hawks, that he is serious in his rejection of the idea of sin and religion.

Having made this decision, he fails completely to take advantage of the situation in front of him, mistaking the truth of Sabbath's intentions and seeing only the innocent idea he has of her. He is statuesque in his studied indifference, ignoring entirely her invitation to sit beside her. Clearly, entering into this animal, physical realm is not something with which he feels truly comfortable, but rather a deliberate, studied expression of his principled rejection of the spiritual. Blind to this truth about himself and the true aims of Sabbath, Hazel reveals his hazy relationship to the truth he claims to worship. 

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Chapter 10 Quotes

Then he slid his legs under the cover by her and sat there as if he were waiting to remember one more thing. She was breathing very quickly. “Take off your hat, king of the beasts,” she said gruffly and her hand came up behind his head and snatched the hat off and sent it flying across the room in the dark.

Related Characters: Sabbath Lily Hawks / The Young Girl (speaker), Hazel ‘Haze’ Motes
Related Symbols: Hazel’s Hat
Page Number: 170
Explanation and Analysis:

In this quote, Hazel finally gives in to Sabbath's sexual advances, after escaping them first with obliviousness, and then conscious resistance. Sabbath is persistent in her desire for Hazel, as she chooses him as a replacement for her father, Asa, who is leaving soon.

Hazel resists, still, subconsciously, even after having made the decision to get in bed with Sabbath. He proceeds slowly, step by step, as she waits with impatience, and is distant and controlled, in direct contrast to her heavy breathing. This sort of passionate behavior is not natural to him, and he has to force himself to betray his spiritual nature to follow the animal instinct he has claimed to believe in. He succeeded, once, with Mrs. Watts, but quickly realized it was not a sustainable choice. Now he has been worn down, and is surrendering again in an effort to sustain his belief that sin cannot exist. When she removes his hat, the last part of his clothing left, Sabbath removes a symbol of the spiritual and reveals the animal, hailing him as "king of the beasts." This is what Sabbath wants – to teach Hazel how to follow his instincts without guilt – but it is clearly still a struggle for him to reach that point. 

Chapter 11 Quotes

“I knew when I first seen you you were mean and evil,” a furious voice behind him said. “ I seen you wouldn’t let nobody have nothing. I seen you were mean enough to slam a baby against a wall. I seen you wouldn’t never have no fun or let anybody else because you didn’t want nothing but Jesus!”
He turned and raised his arm in a vicious gesture, almost losing his balance in the door. Drops of rain water were splattered over the front of the glasses and on his red face and here and there they hung sparkling from the brim of his hat. “I don’t want nothing but the truth!” he shouted, “and what you see is the truth and I’ve seen it!”

Related Characters: Hazel ‘Haze’ Motes (speaker), Sabbath Lily Hawks / The Young Girl (speaker)
Page Number: 188
Explanation and Analysis:

In this quote, a dramatic confrontation between Hazel and Sabbath erupts when, after their first night together, she finds the shrunken mummy that Enoch has stolen from the park's museum and brings it to him, cradling it like the Madonna with Child. Hazel had been preparing his escape, gazing longingly at his car, when she entered the room, and he slammed the small figure against the wall in his rage. He feels trapped, desperate to escape the destiny crashing down around him, and Sabbath finds just the right words to stoke his greatest fear; by telling him that she knew as soon as they met that he would "never have no fun" because he "didn't want nothing but Jesus," she confirms that all of this work he has done to distance himself from his spiritual destiny is false and futile. 

Hazel, isolating himself again from any human connection, rejects her diagnosis of his inner desire for Jesus, and turns instead toward the truth as his ultimate goal. He is more deeply moved here than we have ever seen him, clinging to the truth as an excuse while remaining oblivious to the truth of the real world around him, nearly falling out the open door onto the wet ground below. 

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Sabbath Lily Hawks / The Young Girl Character Timeline in Wise Blood

The timeline below shows where the character Sabbath Lily Hawks / The Young Girl appears in Wise Blood. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Isolation and the Outsider Theme Icon
...dressed all in black and with a scarred face, who is followed by a young girl. Hazel stares at them. He is oblivious to the salesman, who tries to speak to... (full context)
Religious Belief, Redemption, and Sin Theme Icon
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...him away, as he sees the crowd dispersing, but the blind preacher ignores him. The girl follows behind, handing out pamphlets. Hazel grabs one of these, which reads “Jesus Calls You,”... (full context)
Instinct and the Animal Theme Icon
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...a peeler, but the salesman is still angrily engaged with the blind preacher. The young girl defiantly tries to buy a peeler, but she doesn’t have enough money. Neither does Enoch,... (full context)
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...make friends there. They begin to catch up to the blind man and the young girl, who are headed toward a large domed building surrounded by parked cars. Pulling his hat... (full context)
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The young girl rejects the device at first, but the blind man threatens her and she reluctantly takes... (full context)
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Hazel blasphemes, sitting down with his hand on the step near the young girl’s sneaker, and muttering “My Jesus,” which she takes as evidence that he did not come... (full context)
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Instinct and the Animal Theme Icon
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...never seen his mother. The blind man and Hazel continue to ignore him. The young girl steps in and tells a story about a woman who “didn’t have nothing but her... (full context)
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The Nature of Truth Theme Icon
...two teams, one for each door, despite the protests of both Hazel and the young girl. Hazel tries to escape, rejecting the blind man’s invitation to repent by telling him that... (full context)
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Instinct and the Animal Theme Icon
The Nature of Truth Theme Icon
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...the crowd thins out and disappears. Hazel announces to the blind man and the young girl that he doesn’t need Jesus, since he has Leora Watts. (full context)
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Instinct and the Animal Theme Icon
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...Enoch then reveals that he has the potato peeler box. He says that the young girl gave it to him and asked him to bring Hazel back to their house. Enoch... (full context)
Chapter 6
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That evening Haze drives around town until he finds Asa Hawks and the young girl. He follows them home, pressing his face against the car window to see their house... (full context)
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The young girl opens the door, and tells her father that it is the boy who keeps following... (full context)
Religious Belief, Redemption, and Sin Theme Icon
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...is not blind at all. He mutters that Hazel is a “Jesus-hog,” but the young girl defends Hazel, saying that Asa himself used to be that way, and he got over... (full context)
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Instinct and the Animal Theme Icon
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...Hazel is sitting in his car to think, and he decides to seduce the young girl. If he sees his daughter ruined, Hazel thinks, then Asa will understand that Hazel is... (full context)
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...Hawks’ room that afternoon, when they are eating supper. He doesn’t look at the young girl, but stays focused on Asa, who barely managed to get his dark glasses on before... (full context)
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...and hurries out of the room. He then reopens the door to give the young girl a note he had written, telling her that he came because he “never saw anybody... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Free Will vs. Destiny Theme Icon
Isolation and the Outsider Theme Icon
...large one with “curls and a beard.” A mile from town, he discovers the young girl proudly hidden in the backseat of his car. He is angry at first, but then... (full context)
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Instinct and the Animal Theme Icon
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Sabbath tells Hazel about a letter that she wrote to Mary Brittle, the advice columnist. She... (full context)
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Hazel continues to interrogate Sabbath about Asa’s past, asking what it was that caused him to believe in Jesus. Sabbath... (full context)
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Sabbath sits on the ground and motions for Hazel to join her. He sits on a... (full context)
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Instinct and the Animal Theme Icon
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Sabbath tells another story, about an unwanted child whose family sent it around until it wound... (full context)
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Instinct and the Animal Theme Icon
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Hazel jumps away violently, and Sabbath runs behind the tree and says “I see you” again. Hazel heads back up the... (full context)
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Hazel drives on, telling Sabbath he doesn’t need any favors. She says that the car is grand and drives smooth... (full context)
Chapter 9
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The Nature of Truth Theme Icon
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...wouldn’t want to save his lost soul. Instead of seeing Hawks, Hazel is stuck with Sabbath, who now follows him around. He has abandoned seducing her, and now tries to protect... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Hazel drives away in his car and returns to his room, where Sabbath Hawks is waiting in the bed. She stubbornly refuses to leave, but Hazel ignores her.... (full context)
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Instinct and the Animal Theme Icon
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...puts them on the chair. Then he removes his socks and stares at his feet. Sabbath tells him to “make haste,” and Hazel unbuttons his shirt and drops it to the... (full context)
Chapter 11
Instinct and the Animal Theme Icon
The Nature of Truth Theme Icon
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...his bundle are soaked by the time he reaches the Hawks’ house, and he finds Sabbath Hawks in Hazel’s room, where Hazel is lying ashen-faced with a washcloth over his eyes.... (full context)
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Sabbath takes the bundle to the bathroom where there is better light, reflecting on Hazel’s sickness.... (full context)
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Hazel is awake in the room, dressing quickly, when he sees that Sabbath is not there. His one thought is of moving immediately to another city and preaching... (full context)
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Instinct and the Animal Theme Icon
Behind Hazel the door opens, and he turns to see a blurry pair of faces. Sabbath says “Call me Momma now,” and she asks where “daddy” is going, and isn’t he... (full context)
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Sabbath yells, in a rage, that she knew from the first time she saw Hazel that... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...Hazel now, although at first they had been afraid of him. When he blinded himself, Sabbath had run to everyone to tell them what happened. She left a few days later,... (full context)