Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Each Chapter in Context


So as I'm sitting here writing the last chapter of "The Woman in Scarlet," I can't help but reflect on the different characters she's met, and the impact she's had on their lives, and vice versa. In "Where Snow May Fall," Sacha really learned what wishing can get you, and it certainly was not what he expected. But then there's the question at the end of that story... I'll let you figure it out, since I don't want to give anything away. In "Last Spring," Lily really does see the Woman in Scarlet (or WiS as I affectionately refer to her in my notebooks) as this kind of angel. Her juvenile perspective paints a different picture. She knows she made a wish, and her only beef is how long WiS is taking to grant it. I think there is a moral in this story. Perhaps one day I'll share my thoughts on the matter. In "Checkmate," Joey's got this sagacious perspective, he can almost see the heart of every matter despite all the big words and comely faces the adults hid behind. I'm not nagging on adults in general, I'm just saying, in his particular situation, Joey had a better sense of coincidence and reality than the other characters. Boy, did Anastasia get a rude awakening in "Tried and Treacherous." I'm not gonna talk to much about that one. It's one of my favorites, but there are just too many spoilers. :-) You get to "City of Coal and Steel," and I think by then you've kind of given up on finding the moral. If you look hard enough, I'm sure you can find one, but I doubt it will be as obvious as the previous ones. I do like how this one was more about the story and less about WiS. WiS was just a contributing factor to a larger part of history unfortunately common in those days and in that field of work. As for this last one, which I've entitled "The Red Angel," we will see the impact WiS has for a young girl growing up in 1980s China. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
So, in closing, I just really hope you've all enjoyed "The Woman in Scarlet," for those of you who've read it. The last chapter will be out soon. And what's to come after that well... let's just say the ocean is deeper than you think.


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