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Is it biblical in origin? Japan wants to join the Security Council, but old sins cast long shadows, and what the Japanese did in China during WWII will not be easily forgiven by the Chinese government.
Thanks and the meaning is clear to me, now - i. JohnDouarte New Member Spanish. I possess two novels by Col. Lewis Robinson aka George Limnelius , a British mystery writer. In these novels he uses this proverb as follow: 1. It would appear that "cast" is used in the set phrase, rather than "have", if I remember correctly what was said and the examples that I have come across.
Tucson New Member english-u. Last edited by a moderator: May 10, Numbers The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. King James Bible.
Kindle Edition. I was going to jump in with the "sins of the fathers" Bible quote yesterday, but I didn't really feel qualified. Now that pwmeek's opened the floodgates, though I was surprised reading this thread in that everybody was suggesting that "old sins cast long shadows" referred to one's own lifetime, when I had always thought it was intergenerational.
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That's why I thought of the "sins of the fathers. And pw, Walpole uses the "iniquity of the fathers" in the 20th-century sense in his novel The Castle of Otranto. So I think that it might never have gone out of style. Or maybe this interpretation is quite simply the more "gothic" reading of "Old sins cast long shadows.
Lucas and P W Meek are right, I think, to point out that the origin of the expression is indeed biblical, and the idea is not so much that one's own personal sins will come back to haunt one, but that earlier sins -- committed by one's ancestors, say -- will not be forgiven or forgotten. To use a contemporary and European example, one could say, I suppose, that Germany's sins i. Nazism and WWII cast long shadows today in the way that Germans are perceived, or perceive themselves : this would mean that the misdeeds committed by Germans one or two generations ago are still having an impact on the lives of Germans today.
Thanks for resurrecting this old Thread: your comment on the use of the phrase by A Christie gives added meaning to the phrase, in line with what was said before, it seems to me. You must log in or register to reply here. Parents Guide. External Sites. User Reviews. User Ratings.
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