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Chapter 3 - part 5

The final book in Lewis' theological science fiction Space Trilogy.

Chapter 3 - part 5

Postby Kanakaberaka » 03 Mar 2009, 23:02

Synopsis : Camilla escorts Jane out of St. Anne's, this time by the large main gate rather than the little door in the wall she had entered through. As Jane heads back home she vows to herself not to become entangeled in other people's problems. She thinks of Miss Ironwood's "nonsense" at first. But then expands it to include her marriage to Mark. Soon after Jane arrives home, she gets a phone call from Mrs. Dimble asking if she can come over. She can't give any details, but she is in need of a place to stay and Jane is the one who can help her.

This is a short yet emotional section. There are no obscure references made, unless Jane's leaving through the main gate has some hidden meaning. The whole point is that as Jane is on her way home the only details we are given are the thoughts inside Jane's head. Her sole concern is to not get entangled in other people's problems. She belives she has plenty enough of her own, and does not want to involve herself in what she considers "nonsense". Jane ponders the fact that this reluctance for entanglements includes her own marriage and her reluctance to have children with Mark -
...this fear of being invaded and entangled was the deepest ground of her determination not to have a child - or not for a long time yet. One had one's own life to live.

I have personaly heard this sort of view expressed by a girl I used to go out with to a lot of Heavy Metal concerts. She told me that "once you have kids, your life is over". In a certain way she had a point. Your time is no longer your own when you have others dependent on you. You can no longer afford to be self centered when you are responsible for the well being of another, no matter who that other person is : a child, an elderly parent, or a sick sibling or friend. All of them could have a claim on "our own time". So I can understand why many people want to avoid such burdens. And yet we can not refuse to bear them when they confront us. Such is the case as Jane arrives home.

Mrs. Dimble wants to come over to spend the night with Jane. But in an ironic reversal, it is not to comfort Jane as Jane had hoped for in the previous chapter. But to seek shelter for herself. Jane has found herself entangeled in the misfortune of another just after she resolved to be free of such problems. Despite this, Jane is not the sort of person to ignore anyone in need. So she extends a helping hand in spite of her previous claims of social independence.
so it goes...
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