(urth) Questions about BNS
gwern0 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 15 18:03:15 PST 2007
On 2007.11.15 09:48:09 -0600, Eric Ortlund <eortlund at briercrest.ca> scribbled 0 lines:
> I think it is singificant that Robert says that "They are the spirits of
> the future, and we make them ourselves" - something which, from the larger
> perspective of the novel as a whole, is true. Isangoma also says,
> "Tokoloshe remain until the end of the world."
> The odd thing is that the Christian missionaries don't seem to be able to
> handle the spectral appearance of Sev and Agia - but Isangoma understands
> it, is not frightened by it, and offers to dispel the spirits with his
> song. (There's a note of triumph in Isangoma's voice as Agia leaves the
> hut and Sev follows her.) Robert seems quite shaken in his faith in the
> whole encounter - as if Sev is torturing him just by his appearance.
> Perhaps a strike against Christianity and in favor of paganism! Odd.
I didn't think Isangoma was not frightened by it. Doesn't Robert specifically say to Marie that Isangoma is afraid? And doesn't Robert pale when he actually looks at them?
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