After the dark and disturbing world of Narrative 4, it is a breath of life to return to Janice’s perspective in Narrative 5. Not that she is without problems. Quite the contrary. But she is a radiant being.
In this narrative, she describes a visit to the underground world of the Immortal Illuminati, and gives us the content of a speech delivered there by Alexandros.The purpose of the speech appears to be to justify the work of the Illuminati, but it raises many difficult issues. She then tells of a subsequent close personal encounter with the Eldest, and sets down in words much that is wordless. We learn a great deal through her perceptive eyes.
The opening quote comes from a poem by Sylvia Plath, and in a way it encompasses everything.
“Compared with me, a tree is immortal
and a flower-head not tall, but more startling
I want the one’s longevity and the other’s daring.”
At the beginning of the narrative, she has just left Saul and Menniss and is walking alone through redwood forest.– Kate