No. The Wolf = The Shepherd
"Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the Valley of Darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children."
When Jules and Vincent need to get off the road, what does Jules say:
“This is the Valley Vincent, Marcellus ain’t got no friendly places in the Valley.”
They were in the valley of darkness.
They needed someone to help them out.
“If Jimmy’s ass ain’t home, I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
They were hoping Jimmy would be their brother’s keeper.
Of course, what was the first thing Jimmy told them: "Storing dead n$%$#( ain’t my business." If he was truly his brother’s keeper, storing dead n$%$#(
would be his business, in a way.
Enter the Wolf. He repeatedly corrects people to call him Winston, the name of the charitable and benevolent Winston Churchill (okay I’m stretching here, I still haven’t figured out what that line means). He takes the brother, promises to be his keeper. He does say Marvin is someone who won’t be missed, and, truly, who is going to miss Marvin? He sold out his three friends, then sold out the people he sold them out to, then didn’t even have an opinion. Who’s gonna miss him?
The Wolf’s final words of advice: “Stay out of trouble you crazy kids.” The finder of lost children.
Jules thought he was cool. Said it three or four times in the diner. Totally f$cking cool. Even when Vincent was messing with him, he didn’t get upset.
Later in the scene, Jules decided he wanted to be the shepherd. So, when the opportunity presented itself, he told everyone, “We’re all gonna be like three Fonzies. We’re gonna be cool.” But Jules isn’t the shepherd yet, he’s “trying real hard”. Which is why, when Vincent F%cks with him, he loses it momentarily, then tries real hard to be cool.
Couple of other points from the movie. Everyone notices the Vincent in the bathroom thing, but does anyone recall what Vincent did the first time he went into a bathroom in the movie? The first time, chronologically, that is?
“You watched me wash them!”
“I watched you get them wet.”
What was Vincent trying so carelessly to do? Wash the blood off his hands. Every time he went to the bathroom after that, he was given an opportunity to wash his hands. And everytime he failed. In fact, everytime someone else went to the bathroom in his presence, he did something to further his guilt. First, he ignored the miracle. Second, Jules left to “take a piss” at the strip club. While he was gone, Vincent insulted Butch. Third, Mia went to the bathroom at JRS. When she got back, she commented how nice it was to have the food. His response?
“We’re lucky we got anything at all. Buddy Holly’s not much of a waiter”
He wasn’t even thankful for his food.
He should have listened to the shepherd. “I’m not here to say please. I’m here to tell you what to do, and if self preservation is an instinct you posess, you’d better do it and do it quick.”
Vincent also was given warning while in the bathroom. The book he read, Modesty Blaise, is about a girl who quotes Bible verses and leaves the “life”. He was basically reading Jules’ story on the can.
Another interesting point: The Wolf does say to the children: “In your future, I see a cab ride.”
Meaningless? Maybe. We see neither of them in a cab, though we know they took one. We do, however, see another man in a cab, and is this cab a way to shepherd Butch out of the Valley? Or a way to quiz him to see if he is on the right path? After all, the driver of that cab is Esmerelda Villalobos, which, literally translated, means Esmerelda of the Wolves.
Back to bathrooms. Vincent doesn’t know how they say Whopper in France, but he may know how they say the king in Burger King. Roi. They say bathroom as “salle”. The strip club they went to was “Sally Le Roy’s” – the bathroom of the King. That is where Vincent made his biggest mistake.