Since Quadrus does his hunting with a special slingshot, he's always identified with Aunt Cora's story of the young David. His Goliath is a marauding bear, who mauls and maims more successfully than seems strictly likely, who speaks to Quadrus in a dream (""I came seeking a land of plenty where I woudl be champion""), and who kills Quadrus' ""second daddy,"" Jason. Quadrus' reenactment of David's feat--he brings down the huge bear shouting ""God has given me the victory""--doesn't sit too comfortably in this benign corner of sharecropping country where the food is always ""mouth watering,"" the white landlord ""kindly,"" and the animals Jason tracks are even polite enough to have ""bowel movements."" Because Quadrus' heroism does project a mellow, almost Biblical simplicity, it's too bad that flaccid prose so often rains the effect. A near miss.