"This makes fratricide a fearful task"


Cain and Abel, c.1542-4.
Public DomainCain and Abel, c.1542-4. - Credit: Titian

According to the Bible, fratricide – or the killing one of one’s brother – was the archetypal murder; the first ever committed. After Cain murders Abel , he is condemned to spend the rest of his life wandering over the face of the earth, much as Robert does later on in the novel.