Chapter 1 – And the Meek

The problem with synopses is that they are potential spoilers for some readers, so I will assume that you have read/listened to the three earlier books in the series. If you come to this one straight as you read all should become clear. I have prefaced each book with part of an aria from Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes” There is an eerie parallel between Peter’s mad ravings and the unfolding of this story. Here, in the series’ culmination, I quote the aria intact, pulling everything together.

Now the great Bear and Pleiades where earth moves
Are drawing up the clouds of human grief,
Breathing solemnity in the deep night.
Who can decipher,
In storm or starlight,
The written character
of a friendly fate ––
As the sky turns, the world for us to change?
But if the horoscope’ s bewildering
Like a flashing turmoil of a shoal of herring,
Who can turn skies back and begin again?

From “Peter Grimes”
Benjamin Britten

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