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Caleb and Bethia establish a synchronicity of wisdom and spirituality. On one hand, Bethia has the wisdom of reading and history and the spirituality of Christianity, while Caleb is ignorant but desirous of understanding each of these. On the other hand, Caleb has the wisdom of nature and the spirituality of being rooted in nature, both of which Bethia is ignorant but desirous of attaining.

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Two characters who are mentioned in the text, but do not have current roles, are Bethia's mother and Zuriel. Bethia's mother died when giving birth to a child who is never given a name. Zuriel is Bethia's twin brother (he died in an accident).

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It is interesting to note the similarities between Samuel and Bethia that make them particularly suitable for each other as a married couple. Both are...

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