Horses appear in almost every chapter of The Chrysalids. David, Rosalind, Petra, and the Wenders all use horses as quick and convenient means of escape. Angus Morton’s great-horses are a source of concern for Joseph Strorm, who believes that they are Deviations, and when Joseph punishes David for concealing Sophie’s mutation, he does so with a horse whip. Horses are also used by those pursuing David, Rosalind, and Petra. Unencumbered horses—the Wenders’ cartless horse, for example, or Sheba, whom David and Rosalind ride bareback to flee from their home—are symbols of freedom in the novel. When horses are restrained, however, they come to symbolize restraints on freedom. For example, when David and Rosalind are leaving their home, they hear the synchronized footsteps of the patrols coming to search for them. Further, when Petra ventures into the forest, her pony is injured, and it is the injury to the pony that catalyzes the search for the telepaths.
Horses Symbol Timeline in The Chrysalids
The timeline below shows where the symbol Horses appears in The Chrysalids. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...with Angus Morton, with whom he has a long-standing disagreement, over whether or not the “great-horses” which Angus has newly acquired constitute an Offense. Joseph complains to the Inspector that the... (full context)
...other members of the group receive a compelling call from Petra, who has ridden a pony into the sometimes-dangerous forest that separates Waknuk from the Fringes. While not as strong as... (full context)