Sunday, 30 October 2016
Saved By Adversity?
However, she and Adzel realize that they must not allow their respective planets to suffer:
"'...while outside, the order of things that the Earthfolk brought goes tumbling down...'" (p. 290)
Instead, they must use their money and knowledge to prepare Cynthia and Woden for what is to come.
"'I don't relish the prospect...how I curse it, I who imagined I'd retire to domestic comfort and expensive fun! But we'll be conferring, Adzel, for the rest of our days, yes, yes, we will.'" (ibid.)
But that sounds like the best possible outcome. Chee Lan and Adzel will stay in touch and will be doing something useful. In the longer term:
"'...could be that our races will build us a monument after they've started a whole new course of history for all the planets.'" (p. 291)
That will take time. First, the obstacles of the Terran Empire and the Merseian Roidhunate will have to be removed but then - what role will Cynthia and Woden play in the civilizations that spread through several spiral arms and eventually operate on a galactic scale as evidenced by the existence of a Galactic Archeological Society? (p. 325)