“Little Foxes have lived in all times, in all places. This family happened to live in the deep south in the year 1900.” — Prologue to THE LITTLE FOXES.
A few weeks ago my wife and I watched the 1941 film The Little Foxes with the always delightful Teresa Wright. The title comes from the Bible:
Take us the foxes,
The little foxes that spoil the vines.
For our vines have tender grapes. (Song of Solomon 2:15)
The same passage also inspired the title of the 1945 unrelated film Our Vines Have Tender Grapes with a different worldview perspective that counters and serves as a remedy to the outcome of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes.
Both stories are about families and legacies, the fifth point in the covenant model, and the ability to extend dominion.