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Posted November 5, 2007 at 2:54 PM via web

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How do you think the "bond" between Daniel and Thacia will evolve? How about Leah and the soldier?

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 20, 2007 at 9:28 PM (Answer #1)

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On the last page of the novel, the narrator informs us that Daniel "knew he was not worth of the gift" he sees in Thacia's eyes, which is the gift of love both have realized as a result of their new commitment to Jesus. Earlier in the story Daniel was somewhat ashamed of his new feelings for her and felt himself unworthy of her. In addition, because of his commitment to hate and revenge, he could find no room in his heart for love. Now, however, "he knew that at last he was free to offer all that he had in return. In that one brief look they made a new vow together." Because of his new understanding of Jesus's teaching, he has much to offer in return, which is love. As a result, we infer that they make a silent vow of love to each other in this look they exchange at the end of the novel.

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