Symbolism in “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by …
The Holy Bible: King James Version. Psalms 3
"The day" was the day on whichthe earth was caused to rise up out of the water, symbolical of that resurrectionlife which we have in Christ, and in which alone we can worship, or serve,or do any "good works."Hence is a number of RESURRECTION, for it was on the day that Jesus rose again from the dead.
Adynaton Examples and Definition - Literary Devices
Later, medieval bestiaries revisited and Christianized the centaur myth. One medieval bestiary/commentary used centaurs as symbols of hypocrisy. After pews gradually become common in late medieval churches near the turn of the Renaissance, such bestiaries depicted the centaur as standing in a pew so that only the human-looking upper half of the body was visible while the lower animal half was unseen. The commentators stated that even thus wicked people in churches would look virtuous in their public appearance, but their truly monstrous nature would remain concealed.