Beatrice went to consult Guy's doctor forewarned that the good doctor, cautious by nature and faithful to life, would probably have her fix her eyes upon a painting that hung outside his consulting room. And so he did. The painting was a copy the doctor had commissioned of The Strayed Sheep by Holman Hunt, the Pre-Raphaelite. Hunt had painted it on the downs at Fairlight, just a couple of miles east of Hastings.
The Strayed Sheep
When Beatrice asked why the sheep were bleeding - they were symbolically - the good doctor replied
that there were a lot of wounded souls in Hastings. The
episode was related to Guy upon returning home. Amidst the chuckles and approvals and Guy's
dilemma as to whether he was a black- or bleeding white sheep he was struck
that he now had the symbolism for the two paths in The Riddle.
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