This article deals with Michel Tournier as a writer of hypertexts. The first chapter of Gaspard, Melchior et Balthazar is considered with respect to two possible unmarked hypotextual connections. The first is a short story by Anatole France entitled Balthasar, and the Song of Songs is the key element that connects France's and Tournier's texts. The second is an episode from Genesis which I term The Sister- Wife Hoax. The main concern in this study is the issue of human dignity as it relates to race and sexuality.