Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Juan's Moment Of Realization
"The warriors trod closer.
"There went a flash through Juan. He knew what he could do, must do." (The Van Rijn Method, p. 330)
This is Juan's moment of realization. Overbeck had allowed him to go into the wilderness but had told him to take a blaster and to use it if necessary. Juan uses it.
"Raising the blaster, he fired straight upward." (ibid.)
Ivanhoans see better than Juan in the dim light of their sun but not if they are blinded by the dazzling flash of a blaster. Juan runs. Later, they are impressed that he could have killed but didn't...
Like Van Rijn, Juan solves a problem in a way that benefits everyone concerned and is good for trade.