"He said that he had but one brother"

Spoiler Warning: The following bookmark contains plot information relating to The Crossing and Cities of the Plain.

 

This is another reference which anticipates Cities of the Plain (see bookmark p.325).

The woman reading Billy’s palm tells him that he has two brothers: ‘Uno que vive, uno que ha muerto’ (‘One who lives, one who has died’) [p.369]. Although Billy does not yet know it, Boyd has already died by this point. The brother who lives is John Grady Cole, not literally but spiritually Billy’s brother.