I was searching through my bookshelves last night for something else when I came across this. Good as it was (and I’d be interested to hear other opinions) the ending of this bothered me. What happened in the ‘jakes’? Are the Judge and the Kid gay? If so, is it me or does this come out of nowhere? Is it rape? Or am I completely misinterpreting this? I can’t think what else would elicit the reaction it get from the people in the area. This has bothered me since I finished the book some time ago, so now I turn to the Dopers for help.
So my questions are:
What is happening between the Judge and the Kid at the end?
If it is as above, was this as much a surprise to everyone else as it was to me? Or am I just really naive?
If it wasn’t that, what was it?
Was anyone else confused?
All help gratefully accepted. . .