Perelandra chs 10-14

(see previous)

ch 10.

**the virtue of the stories told by the Un-man is that the women
endured abhominable tragedies, but ultimately proved triumphant or
were recognized for their transcendent graces. Interesting mode of

Trying to teach some beauty in death & get her to appreciate a beauty
in herself apart from Maleldil and apart from the king (though
supposedly this is for Maleldil and to make her more beautiful for the

**This can’t go on.

Lewis’ demonology is particularly interesting – the reality far worse
than Mephistopheles or the fallen star of Paradise Lost – completely
inorganic hatred which cares not for its object, only achieving its

Horror of hearing Weston or a voice like Weston’s: the intoxicated

-efforts to draw her to regard her own beauty independent of Maleldil
or the king employ use of clothing and a mirror. Is…is the beauty
observed through the mirror really helpful in understanding for what
purpose that beauty is given? With this reflection is the
introduction of fear. ~”It comes into my mind, Stranger…that a
fruit does not eat itself, and a man cannot be together with
himself.” (p 117)

Greatness for the Un-man is in throwing off ‘fruitness’ and assuming a
higher order by force or finding nobility in martyrdom instead of
finding meaning in the whole.

ch 11.

Ransom bemoans the unfairness & is instead answered by a sense of the
Presence. “I’ve done all I can.” This snaps & finally subsides for a
certain determination (something more mature than when he threw his
backpack over the hedge in ‘Out of the Silent Planet’).

Does a spiritual struggle rule out a physical conflict (not from a
holistic perspective where one is never seen without the other)…the
absurd is what he will do.

**This always troubles me about this book – the answer is through
violence. Jesus took violence upon himself instead. I find this an
interesting excursus but don’t know what to really do with the
solution through violence. Really interested in other opinions on

This story is not the story of Eve – not a mere repetition of the same
fight. The idea of these events being affected by our story but being
an equally important story for its sake…a corner of history. Note
‘would have happened’ is as meaningless a question here as is never
answered in Narnia.

“The whole distinction between things accidental and things designed,
like the distinction between fact and myth, was purely
terrestrial.” (p. 125)

**”My name also is Ransom.”

he had overestimated the task given to him & tried to wrestle out from
under it by megalomania or by thinking the pattern wasn’t concerned
with him at all.

chs 12-13.

Recounting of their battle – finding what his anger is really for.
The horrid discussion with Weston’s phantom of a psyche or the
imitation of what was Weston attempts to trick Ransom. Speaking of
existence as the rind just on the verge of the true suffering.
Recalls Dante’s hell. God of the living but not of the dead a
horrific thing for one non-living.

The idea of the thin outer-skin of life but waiting to be peeled off
to reveal the horrific fruit of death.

ch 14.

last struggles with the enemy.

Again his anger saves him as he grows angry at the invasion of his
mind by the Un-man.



Notes to consider further: I have skipped much of his journey and the
horrors of the story itself, but still I can’t help wondering if this
is the proper way to fix the game – this is a very different means of
redemption, an escape rather than a solution. I don’t know.


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