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Brodie, David

Index: El informe de Brodie, El informe de Brodie, OC,Obras completas. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1974. 1073-78.

character in Borges story

Fishburn and Hughes: "The fictional Scottish Protestant missionary who visits the Yahoos. Brodie has associations not only with Swift, but with the Spanish Dominican missionary Bartolomé de las Casas (1474-1566). Brodie's appeal to the generosity of his king not to ignore the destiny of that 'barbarous nation' resembles Las Casas's plea to Charles V to stop his Spanish subjects exploiting the Indians. Borges alludes elsewhere to this incident, commenting, ironically, on Las Casas's suggestion that the Indians 'languishing' in the 'hellish' gold mines of the Antilles be replaced by black slaves to 'languish' in the same mines (see Infamy 19)." (33)