Helen, I agree with your impression of this passage. I too was concerned about the Knight’s lack of discernment. I didn’t initially think of that line about his keen sight.
After the last chapter causing readers to be frustrated with Anodos, this chapter caused me to cheer him on.
I believe it is Pride that keeps Anodos locked in a prison of his own making. Immediately upon being freed of the tower, he is freed of his shadow, and he humbles himself by taking off his knightly armor. He is not worthy of the title of Knight.
I am reminded of 1 John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the…[Read more]
I cannot help but notice that Anodos’ journey through the land of faerie has slowly gained direction and purpose. The brothers actually tell Anados that the wise woman told them he was wandering without aim and would not be ready to join them until later.
In the first half of the book he legitimately “wanders” without purpose or goal. One turning…[Read more]
This is my second time through Phantastes, and the story of Sir Aglovaile was one part of the book that I remembered very well. It is a hauntingly macabre story of love and family, and reminds me of the works of Edgar Allen Poe.
David replied to the topic On Being Reflective: Reveries, Mirrors, & Reflections in the forum Week 3: Chapters 11-16 1 year, 1 month ago
It occurred to me that whether a reflection is in the water (sea, lake, river, stream, puddle) or in a glass, the object of reflection is now framed. This framing or re-framing of the object changes our perspective of the object. In the story of Cosmo, the enchanted mirror had a unique frame.
“As they were leaving the place, Cosmo’s eye was…
Yes, thank you.
I would add that the beauty of faerie is easy for most to appreciate.
The Truths contained within are often more illusive.
I am unable to attend the live Zoom sessions. When and where will the Zoom recordings be posted. I would like to view it before I start the next few chapters.
Hi, I am a lifelong resident of CT, dad of 5, and husband to a wonderful mom. I read Phantastes a few years ago, and I found it intriguing but not easy to understand. I look forward to climbing to the peak of the mountain this time for a clearer view. I read the ebook last time, and I’m opting for the audiobook this time.
I think I came to…[Read more]