Wednesday, 8 June 2016
-Poul and Karen Anderson, The Dog And The Wolf, Chapter XXV, section 3, p. 498.
Even the ruins will have been destroyed by the time the last King of Ys dies.
Black Easter by James Blish ends with an exorcism that fails. Blish's A Case Of Conscience ends with an exorcism that works, maybe. The Dog And The Wolf ends with an exorcism that works. Dahut's dead body is no longer reanimated. Gratillonius buries her at sea with the Queens of Ys.
Corentinus, the exorcist, accepts this outcome:
"'So be it. They'll remember her with Ys, a legend, a hearthside story on winter nights.'
"Gratillonius stared at the bundle. 'That's all that will be left.'"
-section 4, p. 502.
Corentinus and his colleagues have ensured that Christianized Europe is no longer haunted by such remnants of paganism, except as legends and stories.