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1 insincere secrets 'Til all my sleeves are stained red From all the truth that I've said Come by it honestly I swear Thought you saw me wink, no I've been on the brink, so Tell me what you want to hear Something that were like those years I'm sick of all the insincere So I'm gonna give all my secrets away

2 We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows. - Robert Frost What are the dangers of secrets being kept, on a small or large scale?

3 The Chrysalids Chapter 9 Seminar

4 Setting Chapter 9 takes place in Waknuk, more specifically in the East Pasture It is six years after the death of Harriet David is harvesting

5 Plot Summary David is working out in the fields and is suddenly “struck” with mental pain He runs to the river until he finds his younger sister, Petra, who is about to drown Rosalind arrives and announces that she, too, has felt the cries, which are stronger than anything the other nine telepaths are capable of David and Rosalind are interrogated by people around them as to how they could have known what was happening to Petra They simply claim that they do not understand how others could not have heard her David has nightmares that night of a purging ceremony, during which Petra is at the hands of her father because of her deviation

6 Plot Summary Continued He is deeply disturbed by this dream, which is the main reason for his avoiding openly telling Petra about her abilities It seems she was only able to communicate with him through telepathy because she was in intense danger David thinks back to a conversation that he had with Old Jacob, a villager who has lived through many trials Jacob attributes the extremely high level of deviations, as of late, to corruption in government and carelessness of the youth To him, these represent the beginnings of a new age of Tribulation David feels an even more intense need to be secretive about his deviation, since people will be more intently on the look-out for deviations

7 Character development David Shows increasing maturity and responsibility “All of us knew that it was not easy to keep on watching each word all the time, even when you’ve had to practise it for years. We decided to postpone telling Petra…” (85)

8 Uncle Axel His role as a confidant and advisor to David is enhanced through their conversation Petra The importance of her telepathy is foreshadowed through David’s conversation with Uncle Axel

9 Literary devices Simile “Then there was pain, a demand pulling like a fish-hook embedded in my mind.” (83) The intensity of the pain is depicted effectively through the image of a fish-hook

10 Suspense “I kept on running, I did not know why, except that it was urgent; across half the twelve-acre, into the lane, over the fence, down the slope of the East Pasture towards the river…” The build-up of David’s descent to Petra causes the reader to rush through the passage, just as David rushes to her

11 Suspense “Next year’s going to b ea bad one, too. People will listen to them more then. They’ll have a sharp eye for scaegoats…” (90) Uncle Axel’s warning to David creates suspense and foreshadowing

12 Find another example of a literary device used in Chapter 9

13 Thematic development Secrecy and fear – what new secrets must be kept in this chapter? Petra’s telepathy intensifies The pressure to keep this deviation a secret intensifies as David recalls his conversation with Old Jacob

14 Thematic development Religious extremism Old Jacob represents the extreme “right wing” of Waknuk religion What exactly does he believe in? He believes that mutants should not be cleansed; they must be driven to the Fringes

15 Key quotation “The other kind is the worst,” [Old Jacob] snapped, “it is the Devil mocking the true image. Of course they should be burnt like they used to be. But what happened? The sentimentalists in Rigo who never had to deal with them themselves said: ‘Even though they aren’t human, they look nearly human, therefore extermination looks like murder, or execution, and that troubles people’s minds…” (88)

16 Key passage “The stupidest norm was happier; he could feel that he belonged.” (86) Discuss with your partner what this quotation means David and the others feel that their telepathy is more a curse than a blessing – it would be easier to be normal, though simple

17 “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” Confucius “It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.” John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism



20 The Chrysalid is a term taken from biology The state through which a larva must pass before becoming an insect The larva is wrapped in a hard case or shell, takes no food and is totally inactive Joseph Strorm and his kind are trying to maintain and force this very state on humanity

21 Are we guessing what life is all about? Frost suggests that those who are ignorant do not really know and are guessing The ‘secret’ represents something that is to be known, the centre of true knowledge Human beings will, at some point in life, stop dancing endlessly and move closer to the all- knowing secret Only then will they be freed from a vicious cycle of suppositions and gain true knowledge

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