Oh boy. This is about to go off the rails, isn’t it?
Yes, this black man fights Union soldiers with white men who hate nothing more than people who look like him. How is this possible? Holt is very close to his master, a Southern gentleman named George Clyde (Simon Baker) who bought his right to freedom. …
Clyde is shot and killed in battle, and Holt is freed from his master’s love. At this moment, he leaves the shadows of silence and begins talking a lot. Near the end of Ride with the Devil, he has this important conversation with Jake Roedel (Tobey Maguire), the film’s hero:
Holt: That day George Clyde died, it changed me. I felt something that day I ain’t never felt.
Roedel: You felt that loss, that hollow feeling.
Holt: No, what I felt was free.
don’t do it don’t do it don’t do it
Why was this scene on my mind yesterday? Because I couldn’t help thinking along these lines: Now that Scalia is dead, is there the possibility of Clarence Thomas having a Holt-like experience, a transformative experience? h/t Ace