Book 3 (The Duel)
War is insane, and there is no particular reason why thousands of soldiers should lose their lives when one or two can. I’d much prefer they’d shoot craps but blood in some form seems to be required.
You know the quote from Ecclesiastes, “there is nothing new under the sun?”
Were Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr familiar with the story? The differences are, of course, multiple. Although era and choice of weapon available are obviously important, I can’t help but think of the Deist God most of the Founding Fathers believed in and the gods of the Greeks, who it seems never miss a chance to be involved. In this case, most strikingly, Aphrodite skirting Paris off.