Monday, 11 August 2014
A Moral Question
Although this chapter is set entirely inside Janne's apartment, it retains a hint of Amsterdam: open window; mildness of spring; traffic sounds like distant surf. Janne agrees that it is eerie when the future creates its past. Already knowing of engraved thank offerings to Nehalennia on the island of Walcheren, Janne persuaded the prophetess Veleda to proclaim Niaerdh peaceful and to move her south where she became Neha the Gentle, Nehalennia.
Janne as Niaerdh visited Veleda on her deathbed and promised her a life after death with the goddess. Now she yells. "'It was a lie!'" (Time Patrol, p. 636) Here is the moral question. Was Janne right to comfort Veleda in this way?