The Chrysalids

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David Strorm Character Analysis

David is the main character and narrator of the novel. His ability to communicate telepathically, or through “thought pictures,” with others makes him abnormal within the town of Wanuk, where he lives. As a result, David and the other telepathic Wanukians he meets must flee Wanuk – which sterilizes and banishes anyone who is different – when their secret ability is discovered. Throughout the novel, David refuses to adhere to the traditional and prejudiced beliefs supported by the Wanukian religion and government. He befriends and cares for people based on their character, rather than whether they adhere to The Definition of Man.

David Strorm Quotes in The Chrysalids

The The Chrysalids quotes below are all either spoken by David Strorm or refer to David Strorm. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the NYRB Classics edition of The Chrysalids published in 2008.
Chapter 1 Quotes

“Dreams were funny things and there was no accounting for them; so it might be that what I was seeing was a bit of the world as it had been once upon a time—the wonderful world that the Old People had lived in; as it had been before God sent Tribulation."

Related Characters: David Strorm (speaker), Old People, Mary Strorm
Related Symbols: Dreams
Page Number: 5
Explanation and Analysis:

The protagonist of the novel, David Strorm, is immediately depicted as a dreamer--he has vivid dreams about a faraway (whether in time or in physical distance) place. He's something of an audience stand-in, because unlike the majority of the people in his community, he's curious about the outside world, and refuses to accept what he can see and touch as the be-all, end-all.

The novel as establishes a clear contrast between the Old and New worlds. The Old People, we're told, were evil--that's why they were punished by God. Clearly, David lives in a severe, religious society that hypocritically contrasts its own virtue with the evils of the past--a society not unlike Hitler's Germany or even the American South during the years of segregation.

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“And God created man in His own image. And God decreed that man should have one body, one head, two arms and two legs: that each arm should be jointed in two places and end in one hand: that each hand should have four fingers and one thumb: that each finger should bear a flat finger-nail.”

Related Characters: David Strorm (speaker), Nicholson
Page Number: 10-11
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, we're introduced to the guiding ideology of the Wanukians. In David's society, people subscribe to the belief that God created man in his own image--however, people then go on to interpret these words in the most literal manner possible. They believe that God creates human beings to look just like him; therefore, anybody who doesn't look a perfectly "normal" human is somehow imperfect or evil.

The novel shows the ways that religious ideas can be misinterpreted or twisted to fuel racism or create a totalitarian society. The Bible, from which the passage is excerpted, says only that "God created man in His own image"--the Wanukians have clearly added on all the subsequent details to support their hatred and fear of the unknown. This kind of misinterpretation of ambiguous statements is a common aspect of fundamentalist, repressive societies.

“And any creature that shall seem to be human, but is not formed thus is not human. It is neither man nor woman. It is a blasphemy against the true Image of God, and hateful in the sight of God.”

Related Characters: David Strorm (speaker), Nicholson
Page Number: 13
Explanation and Analysis:

Here we learn more about the "dark side" of David's society. Because David's people believe that humans are made to look like God, it follows (supposedly) that anybody who's abnormal in any way must be inhuman--the creation of the Devil. Therefore, abnormal people must be cast out of society as punishment for their innate evil.

The passage is cited again and again throughout the novel as a justification for the Wanukian society's vicious apartheid--its heartless persecution of those who are "different" in even the smallest ways. People with extra toes or unusual arms are banished from society, supposedly because they're evil and not actually human. It's possible that David's society celebrates the importance of conformity in order to strengthen its community ties--like Hitler's Fascists, they need a scapegoat to feel good about themselves. (One could certainly argue that the novel is a science-fiction riff on Hitler's Germany, mixed with Stalinist Russia and segregationist America--i.e., an indictment of all societies that celebrate one kind of person at the expense of all others.)

Chapter 2 Quotes

“The nearest approach to decoration was a number of wooden panels with sayings, mostly from Repentences, artistically burnt into them. The one on the left of the fireplace read: ONLY THE IMAGE OF GOD IS MAN. On the opposite wall two more said: BLESSED IS THE NORM, and IN PURITY OUR SALVATION. The largest was the one on the back wall, hung to face the door which led to the yard. It reminded everyone who came in: WATCH THOU FOR THE MUTANT!”

Related Characters: David Strorm (speaker), Emily Strorm, Nicholson
Page Number: 18
Explanation and Analysis:

Here David describes the "decorations" that hang in his house. David is just a child, meaning that he's grown up looking at these phrases, and assumes that they are totally normal. They all offer different variations on the same theme: sameness is good, difference is bad. Some of the panels argue that mutants (i.e., people who don't have entirely "normal" bodies and minds) are wicked. Notice that the panels use (King James) Biblical language--words like "purity" and "thou." The implication again is that religion can be manipulated to persecute "undesirable" groups of people.

The passage is important because it shows how the twisted religion of David's society perpetuates itself over time: children like David are conditioned to believe in the Wanukian religion from the time they can read.

“So I learnt quite early to know what Offences were. They were things which did not look right—that is to say, did not look like their parents, or parent-plants. Usually there was only some small thing wrong, but however much or little was wrong it was an Offence, and if it happened among people it was called a Blasphemy—at least, that was the technical term, though commonly both kinds were called Deviations.”

Related Characters: David Strorm (speaker)
Page Number: 19
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, David further explains how his society works. Children, plants, and animals are constantly being measured against their parents for deviations or "imperfections" of any kind. If the offspring are in any way different from their parents (or the Wanukian ideal of "normal") then they're sterilized and banished from Wanuk altogether. In such a way, Wanuk remains exactly the same over time.

David shows us how Wanuk subverts the role of the family: instead of just loving and taking care of their children, a parents' job is now also to root out any children who aren't just like them, and turn these "evil" children over to the authorities. It's also worth noting that the fictional society in the novel seems designed to resist Darwinian evolution. Animals develop over time precisely because offspring develop mutations that allow them to respond to their environment. David's society, however, seems hell-bent on resisting such evolutionary progressions.

Chapter 3 Quotes

“‘I only meant if,’ I protested. I was alarmed, and too confused to explain that I had only happened to use one way of expressing a difficulty which might have been put in several ways.”

Related Characters: David Strorm (speaker)
Page Number: 26
Explanation and Analysis:

In this chapter, David absent-mindedly says that he sometimes wishes he had a third hand. David isn't speaking literally--he's using a familiar idiom, expressing the idea that he sometimes feels clumsy. And yet David's family is shocked by his outburst: in a society that celebrates sameness, the desire for a third hand, even when expressed comically, is a very serious matter indeed. Here, David tries to defend his statements, but has difficulty expressing his intention.

The passage shows David maturing--gradually, he's learning that his society celebrates homogeneity to the point where any difference is persecuted. At the same time, David is also learning the limits of language, as well as just how powerful (or dangerous) language can be.

“If John and Mary Wender had been there when I woke up struggling and crying, and then lay in the dark trying to convince myself that the terrible picture was nothing more than a dream, they would, I think, have felt quite a lot easier in their minds.”

Related Characters: David Strorm (speaker), Sophie Wender , John Wender, Mary Wender
Related Symbols: Dreams
Page Number: 28
Explanation and Analysis:

At the end of the chapter, David has a vivid dream in which he sees Sophie being slaughtered like an animal for the "crime" of having an extra toe on her foot. David is beginning to understand how dangerous difference is in his society--and his dream reflects his awareness that different people can be hurt and even killed for their supposed "evil."

The way David expresses his feelings about Sophie is worth mentioning. Previously, Sophie's parents, John and Mary, have asked David to remain quiet about Sophie's abnormality--they figure that, so long as Sophie's toe remains a secret, she'll be able to remain living in the community. But especially since having this horrifying dream, David doesn't need any reminders from John and Mary about keeping the secret: he now knows full-well that if he tells anybody what he knows, Sophie will be hurt. David's sympathies for Sophie greatly outweigh his loyalty to the religion of Wanuk, even in his subconscious, sleeping self.

Chapter 4 Quotes

“There was only one true trail, and by following it we should, with God’s help and in His own good time, regain all that had been lost. But so faint was the trail, so set with traps and deceits, that every step must be taken with caution, and it was too dangerous for a man to rely on his own judgment. Only the authorities, ecclesiastical and lay, were in a position to judge whether the next step was a rediscovery, and so, safe to take; or whether it deviated from the true re-ascent, and so was sinful.”

Related Characters: David Strorm (speaker)
Page Number: 40
Explanation and Analysis:

Here David attends an ethics class at school. During the class, he gets another stern reminder of the importance of sameness, but framed in historical and metaphorical language. Supposedly, humanity has been destroyed before because it was too diverse and complex--the only way to ensure that humanity doesn't die out again is to control all social deviations, no matter how small.

One can see, pretty easily, how the "lesson" (propaganda) David receives here can be used to tyrannize human beings. Though the ideas presented here might seem harmless on the surface, when actually put into action they allow for those with power to totally control the "direction" society is to take. This means that the supposed "authorities" mentioned here use the religion of Wanuk to dominate the poeple of their communities.

“Most of the numerous precepts, arguments, and examples in Ethics were condensed for us into this: the duty and purpose of man in this world is to fight unceasingly against the evils that Tribulation loosed upon it. Above all, he must see that the human form is kept true to the divine pattern in order that one day it may be permitted to regain the high place in which, as the image of God, it was set.”

Related Characters: David Strorm (speaker)
Page Number: 41
Explanation and Analysis:

David lives in a strict, ascetic society, in which man has one purpose and one purpose alone: to return to the "right path" that was supposedly lost during the Tribulation. The only way to get back on this path, it's said, is to be pure and imitate God in all ways. The passage shows how easy it is to use religion--if manipulated by skillful leaders--to manipulate people into doing anything. Because the leaders of the Wanukian religion have God on their side, they can justify anything they command. Even mothers and fathers can be convinced to throw their own children out into the wilderness--as the stakes (the future of all society, supposedly) are too high for loyalty to one's individual children.

Chapter 6 Quotes

“Perhaps the Old People were the image: very well then, one of the things they say about them is that they could talk to one another over long distances. Now we can’t do that—but you and Rosalind can. Just think that over, Davie. You two may be nearer to the image than we are.”

Related Characters: Uncle Axel (speaker), David Strorm, Rosalind Morton
Page Number: 64
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Uncle Axel raises an interesting possibility. Axel knows that David is considered a "mutant" because he has psychic powers. Yet Axel doesn't condemn David for being different from the other people in his society. On the contrary, Axel speculates that in reality, David could be more "perfect" than the other Wanukians. There's no rule that says that perfection correlates with what is most common; in other words, just because David is one of the only people in the community with ESP doesn't mean that he's the mutant. The only relevant factor, according to the Wanuk religion, is whether or not David resembles the "Old People." Axel suggests that David is more like the Old People than his peers--it's rumored that long ago, the Old People could communicate across vast distances, just like David.

The passage reinforces the arbitrariness of the Wanuk definition of perfection. Furthermore, it suggests a number of things: it's possible that the "Old People" Axel refers to are the readers of The Chrysalids itself--people living in the 20th century (when the novel was written) who could communicate using telephones and radios. Although Axel tries to inspire David by telling him that he's perfect, the truth (we recognize) is very different: there is no such thing as human perfection, and anybody who says so is deluded.

Chapter 8 Quotes

“A word…a rusted mirror, reflecting nothing. It’d do the preachers good to see it for themselves. They’d not understand, but they might begin to think. They might begin to ask themselves…Are we right? For it is clear, boy, that however wonderful the Old People were, they were not too wonderful to make mistakes—and nobody knows, or is ever likely to know, where they were wise and where they were mistaken.”

Related Characters: Uncle Axel (speaker), David Strorm
Page Number: 79
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Uncle Axel and David discuss some of the paradoxes and inconsistencies in the Wanuk religion. The Wanuk religion is based on worship of God as measured through the Old People; those who lived years ago, before God punished the human race. The Wanuk people believe that anybody who doesn't resemble the Old People is "imperfect," and should be banished from the land. And yet the Old People themselves clearly weren't perfect either--if they were, then God wouldn't have punished them so brutally.

Uncle Axel's observations are perfectly obvious, when you think about them, and yet he seems to be one of the only people in the community to have done so. In all, the passage underscores the reality that religion is more important as an "organizing force" in Wanuk than it is as a source of morality or truth. Religion helps keep the people of Wanuk in line, but if they were to turn to religion for moral support, they'd be disappointed by the muddle of contradictions they'd find.

Chapter 9 Quotes

“Of course they should be burnt like they used to be. But what happened? The sentimentalists in Rigo who never have to deal with them themselves said: ‘Even though they aren’t human, they look nearly human, therefore extermination looks like murder, or execution, and that troubles some people’s minds.’”

Related Characters: Jacob (speaker), David Strorm
Page Number: 88
Explanation and Analysis:

In this chapter, we're introduced to Jacob, an old, mean farmer who sincerely believes that deviants and undesirables should be burnt to death as punishment for their sins. Jacob explains that until quite recently, the Wanuk society did burn deviants--but recently, a group of so-called sentimentalists convinced the authorities to merely sterilize and banish the deviants instead. This new "leniency," Jacob believes, is the reason for the latest batch of bad crops in the community.

Jacob believes that his beliefs are perfectly sensible--he's so confident that the deviants in his community aren't human that he doesn't attribute any human feeling whatsoever to them. Thus, he believes that they should be burnt, and condemns those who are too sympathetic to do so as weak and cowardly. Jacob sneers at the natural human sympathy that leads most people to refrain from such acts of violence--thus behavior, Jacob smugly insists, is just a form of weakness, and goes against the difficult morality of the "truth."

Chapter 10 Quotes

“It wouldn’t be just murder, Uncle Axel. It’d be something worse, as well; like violating part of ourselves for ever…. We couldn’t do it….”

Related Characters: David Strorm (speaker), Uncle Axel, Anne
Page Number: 96
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Axel and David debate the morality of murder. Axel and David know that Anne--a fellow psychic--is going to marry a non-psychic named Alan. They're afraid that Anne is going to give up important information about the other psychics, endangering the entire group. Axel suggests (although obliquely) that they should kill Anne for the good of the group. But David adamantly disagrees with his uncle--he explains that it would be a horrible crime to kill "one of our own." David believes that groups should stick together no matter what, even if the act of sticking together causes danger to the group as a whole.

David's version of right and wrong sets him apart from many of the other characters in the novel. Most of the characters we've met believe in a form of the "greater good." Thus, most of the characters believe that it's all right to banish their neighbors from the land, provided that the neighbors are deviants in some capacity. In other words, the Wanukians are willing to turn on each other at any moment. David, however, genuinely believes that he owes it to his fellow psychics to be loyal and protective. He puts his faith in individual human connection, rather than lofty ideas of the "greater good"--ideas which can easily be twisted to justify atrocities.

Chapter 12 Quotes

“But what’s got them so agitated about us is that nothing shows. We’ve been living among them for nearly twenty years and they didn’t suspect it. We could pass for normal anywhere. So a proclamation has been posted describing the three of you and officially classifying you as deviants. That means that you are non-human and therefore not entitled to any of the rights or protections of human society.”

Related Characters: Michael (speaker), David Strorm, Petra Strorm, Rosalind Morton
Page Number: 131
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Michael, a fellow psychic, informs Rosalind and David that they're been found out and placed on a "wanted" list. The list establishes that David and his peers aren't human beings at all--they're non-human deviants who can be arrested or even killed on sight.

As Michael acknowledges, the authorities in Wanuk don't just want David and his friends dead because they're different--they're personally outraged that psychics have managed to survive undetected for so many years. There seems to be a personal animosity in the authorities' vendetta against the psychics, one that won't be satisfied until David and the others are dead. The scene establishes how easily the community of Wanuk can deprive people of their rights--one piece of paper, and David is suddenly no longer human.

Chapter 13 Quotes

“‘Why should they be afraid of us? We aren’t hurting them,’ she broke in.

‘I’m not sure that I know why,’ I told her. ‘But they are. It’s a feel-thing not a think-thing. And the more stupid they are, the more like everyone else they think everyone ought to be. And once they get afraid they become cruel and want to hurt people who are different.’”

Related Characters: David Strorm (speaker), Petra Strorm (speaker)
Page Number: 144
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, David and Petra sum up their community's culture. As David points out, the Wanukians don't like anybody who's different because the Wanukians themselves are too foolish and close-minded to tolerate difference of any kind. It takes a conscious effort to embrace people who are different--and ultimately, it's easier to be intolerant.

While the people of Wanuk wrap their bigotry in pious words and church gatherings, their hatred for undesirables is no different from a lyncher's hatred for a black man, or a Nazi's hatred for a Jew. Intolerance takes many different forms, and yet it always boils down to the same thing: willful ignorance of the complex realities of the world.

Chapter 16 Quotes

“Your work is to survive. Neither his kind, nor his kind of thinking will survive long. They are the crown of creation, they are ambition fulfilled—they have nowhere more to go. But life is change, that is how it differs from the rocks, change is its very nature. Who, then, were the recent lords of creation, that they should expect to remain unchanged?”

Related Characters: Woman from Zealand (speaker), David Strorm, Joseph Strorm
Page Number: 182
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, the mysterious woman from Zealand has come to rescue the psychics, including David and Petra. David is dismayed when he learns that his father is about to killed in the Zealanders' coming invasion of Wanuk. When David expresses his dismay, the woman of Zealand tries to console him by saying, much like the Fringes man did, that life is change, and to resist change is to be delusional. It is inevitable, then, that David’s father will die anyway, and that David would have to totally "break free" from his father at some point—thus, there’s no point in David being upset about his father’s passing.

The woman from Zealand's advice is rather callous, since she's essentially telling David to forget about his own father for another version of the "greater good." Joseph isn't a remotely likable or sympathetic character, and yet the woman from Zealand's indifference to his death seems a far cry from the behavior of a supposedly more "enlightened" being. The Chrysalids resists easy moralizing--just because the woman from Zealand seems to be working on David's side doesn't mean we have to agree with her philosophy. In fact, it's suggested that David has just left one racist, fundamentalist society for another one.

“The Old People brought down Tribulation, and were broken into fragments by it. Your father and his kind are a part of those fragments. They have become history without being aware of it. They are determined still that there is a final form to defend: soon they will attain the stability they strive for, in the only form it is granted—a place among the fossils.”

Related Characters: Woman from Zealand (speaker), David Strorm, Joseph Strorm, Old People
Page Number: 182
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, the woman from Zealand continues to give David her interpretation of history. She argues that humans are always a part of history, whether they like it or not, and the only way to achieve real "purity" or stasis is through death. In this way she justifies the murder of the Wanukians, because they always wanted to become "fossils" anyway. In essence, the Woman of Zealand seems to be offering David another strict, deterministic model of the universe—the opposite and yet the equal of the one on which David was raised. Where the Wanukians worship stability in the sense of imitating the past, the woman of Zealand worships an ideal of progress, one that feels no qualms about eliminating anything that might hold it back.

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David Strorm Character Timeline in The Chrysalids

The timeline below shows where the character David Strorm appears in The Chrysalids. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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The book begins with David, the young narrator, telling us that when he was young, he sometimes dreamed of a... (full context)
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When David tells Sophie that she’ll have to take off her shoe to get free, Sophie becomes... (full context)
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David tells the reader that at the time, he did not connect Sophie’s foot to the... (full context)
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David can feel that Sophie’s mother is anxious before she speaks to him, and he tries... (full context)
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David walks home with his knife in his hand, because the woods where Sophie lives are... (full context)
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David’s parents consider their well-built house to be a symbol of their strong morals, and his... (full context)
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According to young David, people who diverge from the norm—known as Deviations—live in the Fringes that surround Wanuk and... (full context)
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In his Ethics class, David learns that civilization is “in the process of climbing back into grace.” There is only... (full context)
Chapter 5
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David and Sophie spend their summer exploring Wanuk for places they can play freely, without Sophie’s... (full context)
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Sophie and David tell John Wender that Alan saw Sophie’s foot, and John decides that it is time... (full context)
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David tells the others in his group of telepaths about Sophie, and while they struggle with... (full context)
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The Inspector visits David at home and asks him more about Sophie. David tells him that Sophie didn’t seem... (full context)
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David finds it difficult to promise the Inspector that he will report future Blasphemies, because he... (full context)
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Uncle Axel explains to David at great length what he knows about the rest of the world. Much of this... (full context)
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Uncle Axel tells David that these lands are now known to be inhabited by people who either do not... (full context)
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While David finds what Uncle Axel has to say vaguely interesting, he is mostly concerned with whether... (full context)
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One night, David hears a baby cry in his house. He is surprised because he had not noticed... (full context)
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A few days later, David’s Aunt Harriet, his mother’s sister, arrives at his house. David is hiding to escape having... (full context)
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David’s mother is furious at Harriet for bringing a Blasphemy into her house. Harriet asserts that... (full context)
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David tells Uncle Axel about the conversation he overheard between his mother and Aunt Harriet. Uncle... (full context)
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...that is totally different from theirs, and one that might just end in another Tribulation. David does not understand most of what he is saying. Uncle Axel, knowingly speaking heresy, tells... (full context)
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David tells the reader that he only starts to understand what Uncle Axel was saying when... (full context)
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...in it is able to understand the lessons better than they could on their own. David enjoys his increased access to knowledge, but notes that it also poses a problem for... (full context)
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David tells the reader that his sister Petra always seemed completely normal. One year during a... (full context)
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Eventually people from the town catch up to Rosalind and David to see what they were running toward. No one understands how they could have known... (full context)
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David tries to communicate through thought-shapes with Petra to tell her to conceal her ability, but... (full context)
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...a particularly bad year, and many are deemed Offenses and destroyed. Jacob, a farmer, tells David that the failed crops are a punishment for the fact that people have become lazy... (full context)
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David asks Uncle Axel if other people, like Jacob, feel that the Government is too lax... (full context)
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...comes with marriage simply because there are not enough boys in the group. Rosalind and David, she claims, are the only others who know what it is like to be in... (full context)
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David tells Uncle Axel, who knows about the wedding, that Anne is capable of think-together. David,... (full context)
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Uncle Axel tells David about a sailor he once knew who was thrown overboard so that the rest of... (full context)
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Anne’s relationship with Alan prompts David to reflect on his relationship with Rosalind, a relationship he has had to keep secret... (full context)
Chapter 11
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David and the other members of the group receive a compelling call from Petra, who has... (full context)
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David rides his horse into the forest until he reaches Petra, whose pony is being attacked... (full context)
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David takes Petra home and the group discusses what to do about the stranger who saw... (full context)
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David talks to Petra about thought-shapes and tries to teach her to control them. She struggles... (full context)
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A few days later, Uncle Axel tells David that a friend of the Inspector has been asking about him and Rosalind. He suspects... (full context)
Chapter 12
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David makes a few preparations that night, but decides to leave the rest for the morning.... (full context)
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...they can better pretend to be normal. Rosalind has taken her father Angus’s great-horses, so David and Petra send their horse Sheba back home. They ride away from Wanuk in “paniers”... (full context)
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David goes to sleep, and when he wakes up, he learns that Rosalind has had to... (full context)
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Michael warns Rosalind and David that the authorities are furious over their escape. Most Deviations can be seen with the... (full context)
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Petra impedes Rosalind and David’s progress when she becomes afraid of Hairy Jack (the Mutant boogeyman used to frighten children)... (full context)
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...whether Petra might actually mean Sealand. In the Wanukian language, Zs do not exist, so David and Rosalind believe Petra has confused a Z for an S, even though Petra insists... (full context)
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...horse and he is thrown to the ground. The injured horse runs away, while Rosalind, David, and Petra venture into the Wild Country. As they ride, the woman from Zealand contacts... (full context)
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...to think-talk, and are willing to do anything to understand and control it. He tells David that it would be better for him to kill Petra and Rosalind than let them... (full context)
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Petra overhears Michael’s message to David and does not understand why anyone would want to hurt her when she is not... (full context)
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While Rosalind and David sleep, Petra talks to the woman from Zealand and learns that almost everyone there can... (full context)
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Rosalind calls to David who, semiconscious, begins meditating on his love for Rosalind. He tells the reader that there... (full context)
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When David fully comes to, Rosalind is explaining to Michael that men from the Fringes dropped from... (full context)
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...touch with the woman from Zealand. The woman is finally close enough for Rosalind and David to be able to communicate with her as well. She advises them to emphasize to... (full context)
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The woman’s pride and disrespectful attitude toward God and the Old People make David uncomfortable. Rosalind is curious about Zealand, however, so she asks about the history of the... (full context)
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The woman from Zealand ceases communicating, and Rosalind, David, Petra, and the great-horses on which they are riding stop. The men put the fugitives... (full context)
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The spidery man suggests that David has lost Wanuk as well, and questions why he is not fighting for what is... (full context)
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Rosalind catches the spidery man’s eye and he looks her over for a long time. David, angry, attacks him, but the man’s guards drag him away. The spidery man explains that... (full context)
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David awakes to a woman dragging him along the forest floor. He is shocked to see... (full context)
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David follows Sophie to her cave, where he gets in touch with Rosalind and learns that... (full context)
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...several days. When the town discovers that someone is dead, they will search everywhere for David, but will never think to look in her cave. When Rosalind asks Sophie why she... (full context)
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The next morning, Michael tells David that the Wanukians are getting ready to attack, and the woman from Zealand promises she... (full context)
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Michael tells David, Rosalind, and Petra that the troops are about three hours away, and without warning, Petra... (full context)
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Sophie leaves the cave to find out Gordon’s plan of attack, which she relays to David, who in turn passes it on to Michael so that he can protect himself. Michael... (full context)
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...woman from Zealand announces that they are almost there. A “fish-shaped craft” like those in David’s dreams appears in the sky. As it approaches, it begins to drop thin strings, “like... (full context)
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Soon the wind blows threads into the cave and Rosalind, David, and Petra are covered in them. Following the instructions of the woman, they lie as... (full context)
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...at Petra with an expression of awe, and the two communicate on a level that David and Rosalind cannot understand. The woman tells the group that it was extremely difficult and... (full context)
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While David is not yet ready to think of himself as a species different from those who... (full context)
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Rosalind, David, and Petra board the machine with the woman and go with her to Zealand. There,... (full context)