The Chrysalids

Woman from Zealand Character Analysis

The woman from Zealand (which David and Rosalind call “Sealand”) discovers the group in Waknuk when she hears Petra’s thoughts. In Zealand, everyone can communicate through thought images, but Petra has the largest known range of any telepath, so the Zealander woman organizes a ship to come and rescue Petra, Rosalind, and David. The woman believes strongly in the power of communal thought and a cyclical version of history in which a lower class overthrows a higher class, only to be overthrown by another class. These beliefs are very similar to those held in the real world by Marxists. The woman shows no remorse in killing an entire battlefield of people in order to save Petra, Rosalind, and David because she feels that the people who died are of an inferior species.

Woman from Zealand Quotes in The Chrysalids

The The Chrysalids quotes below are all either spoken by Woman from Zealand or refer to Woman from Zealand. 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 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
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“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:

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Chapter 17 Quotes

“Sometime there will come a day when we ourselves shall have to give place to a new thing. Very certainly we shall struggle against the inevitable just as these remnants of the Old People do. We shall try with all our strength to grind it back into the earth from which it is emerging, for treachery to one’s own species must always seem a crime. We shall force it to prove itself, and when it does, we shall go; as, by the same process, these are going.”

Related Characters: Woman from Zealand (speaker), Old People
Page Number: 195
Explanation and Analysis:

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“The essential quality of life is living; the essential quality of living is change; change is evolution: and we are part of it.”

Related Characters: Woman from Zealand (speaker)
Page Number: 196
Explanation and Analysis:

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Woman from Zealand Character Timeline in The Chrysalids

The timeline below shows where the character Woman from Zealand appears in The Chrysalids. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12
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A woman from far away asks Petra for her name and location. The person responds with her... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...runs away, while Rosalind, David, and Petra venture into the Wild Country. As they ride, the woman from Zealand contacts Petra, who translates her thoughts to the rest of the group. The... (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 think-together. The woman tells Petra that... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Meanwhile, Petra gets in touch with the woman from Zealand. The woman is finally close enough for Rosalind and David to be able... (full context)
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The woman ’s pride and disrespectful attitude toward God and the Old People make David uncomfortable. Rosalind... (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.... (full context)
Chapter 16
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The next morning, Michael tells David that the Waknukians are getting ready to attack, and the woman from Zealand promises she will arrive within nine hours. She tells the group that she... (full context)
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...David. He does not know whether to try to kill or forgive his father, but the woman from Zealand interrupts and tells him that keeping Petra safe should be his utmost priority.... (full context)
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A strange noise fills the cave and the woman from Zealand announces that they are almost there. A “fish-shaped craft” like those in David’s... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...the cave and Rosalind, David, and Petra are covered in them. Following the instructions of the woman , they lie as still as possible. The Zealanders’ machine lands and the woman frees... (full context)
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The woman looks at Petra with an expression of awe, and the two communicate on a level... (full context)
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Michael wants to return to Waknuk to retrieve Rachel before they go, but the woman says that her machine does not have enough fuel to carry any extra weight. In... (full context)
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The Zealander woman goes on to explain that the people of the Fringes are “condemned” not by anything... (full context)
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Rosalind, David, and Petra board the machine with the woman and go with her to Zealand. There, David finds the city of his dreams. The... (full context)