Tuesday, October 19, 2010

TG&SS Part IV Lessons 47

Part IV Lessons

Part IV chapter 1
Appearances can be deceiving, especially impressive appearances
The last will and testament is, for some, the last chance to pull a prank
Don't read a note handed to you covertly until there are no witnesses to observe you

Part IV chapter 2
Any stranger charmed by your suspicious nature should not become a friend
Exceptional conduct (stepping outside for the first time in five years) commands attention
It's possible to kill someone you love rather than permit them entrance into hell

Part IV chapter 3
Avoid serving and taking orders from anyone obviously obsessed with his enemies
Weird, unhinged, faithless people are full of fears ripe for the plucking
Sometimes the prodigal son comes home as a pretense, as ordered by a dark mentor

Part IV chapter 4
A prime purpose of good manners is to prod antagonistic people into helping you
There is real power in overpowering a euphemism with a shocking and edgier truth
Those who hate you on sight may keep a commitment to you in spite of their feelings

Part IV chapter 5
Sharing information can be misunderstood as flirting
Supposition sells better than fact
Dirty human details are more interesting than dignity

Part IV chapter 6
If an antagonist opens a door, it may only to convince you that you are an outsider
If you try to injure yourself and it hurts, you're not dreaming
Wanting help and seeking an ally are poor motives for having a child

Part IV chapter 7
Don't try to extort cooperation from someone and then allow them to escape
Be wary of any offer of forgiveness based on running a difficult and unfathomable errand
Avoid doing anything for a future titillating reward such as 'a wild party'

Part IV chapter 8
Inventing stories is a good way to pass the time while walking
Offered an invitation for use by a snoopy person, accept it on their behalf
It's possible to get another interview from someone if you can get word back to them that they have injured you (for example, given you a cold or flu), as the news makes them feel guilty.

Part IV chapter 9
If you call for help and nothing is going wrong at the scene, you may be mistrusted for calling
Planned communities dry up feelings; the comfort and complacency are a desert for the imagination
Television can be used to block out the supernatural as well as nature itself

Part IV chapter 10
Being smuggled inside a home is the most intimate and flattering of invitations
Some pastors love talking in abstractions, but if the talk becomes crazy, a retreat is prudent
Being clergy is no guarantee of courage in the face of terror, extortion or naked evil
Paradise (Ephemeris) provides a glimpse of continuity and thus is an elixir preserving sanity
Some human beings have elevated themselves and thus have a duty to guard the Art

Part IV chapter 11
To find an elusive parent, hurt the young while allowing them to crawl for help
Near death, we compose a list of those we have been close to
One adventurous soul can cause a crowd to follow
Rarely with certainly, a person is where he was born to be doing what he is destined to do
When an honorable soul asks for your gun, give it to him
A place where the streets have seen blood and the citizens have seen spirits is ripe for war


  1. very few famous artists of any kind come from "nice" backgrounds. And "elevated" people who guard the Art have very few real friends.

  2. Also, there have been two honorable suicides in the book so far. First by Carolyn, ostensibly to rid the world of an evil, and secondly by Fletcher to save it from the Jaff. Is there a lesson in this somewhere?

    There may be a real life analog to this. Himmler had hired an archaeologist to find something for the SS, supposedly some treasure in the south of France, that later became the subject of much search and speculation, something you are familiar with--the treasure of the Cathars.

    When he seemed just on the cusp of discovering it, he disappeared. He had left a suicide note explaining that suicide is not always a sin, that on rare occasions, it must be done to protect what is sacred.

    He walked into the alps in midwinter, sat down, and froze himself to death.

    What was he hiding from Himmler and the SS? What did he keep them from getting? We may never know. He took the secret to his grave, which was exactly his intent.

    This also happened in a Stephen King story where a spy killed herself rather than diverge information to the evil overlord.