The Chrysalids - Chapters 9+ : David is around 17 years old. He and the others feel frustrated and afraid in their community. *In point form*, describe their feelings. (Feel free to explain to me why they feel this way). *Use page 86.*
David and six others (one has died) talk in what he calls "thought shapes." Because of the prohibition against "Mutants" they feel uneasy in their community, worried that they may be discovered. Consequently, they practice acting as though there is nothing different about themselves.
Here is a description of their feelings:
- They become very anxious as they live in negatives, "a suffocating half-life"--not doing things, not saying things, etc. that might reveal their powers.
- They worry about their futures.
- If they marry someone other than their own ilk, they would be terribly unhappy:
It would be misery, perpetual lack of confidence, and insecurity; there'd be the prospect of a lifetime's guarding against slips — and we knew well enough already that occasional slips were inevitable. Other people seem so dim, so half-perceived
- They worry greatly that if Anne marries Allan Ervin she might reveal her special ability to Allan, who is the one who reported Sophie Wender's secret. (They realize that a wife is subject to her husband, so she may even be pressured by Allan to talk.)
- They worry that if Anne tells Allan about herself, she may also reveal the names of the others.
- David and Rosalind hide their love from their families because of their fear of the rivalry between the Strorms and the Mortons.
- When Petra sends out a call to the others for help, Jerome Skinner follows all seven who respond and becomes suspicious. Consequently, the group fear that Jerome may learn their secret.
- The group worries about Petra, who uses her powers carelessly and cannot seem to control them.
- After their encounter with Jerome Skinner, they worry that others are watching them. "But we must be careful this doesn't happen again," Rosalind says.
- Uncle Axel asks David if he has been careless, and he tells him that Joe Darley, "a fellow that the inspector has used before now when he wants a few inquiries made on the quiet," has asked questions.
- Uncle Axel learns that Jerome Skinner appeared when David and the others responded to Petra's cry for help. Perhaps, Jerome reported something. Again, David and the others must worry about Jerome.
- David and the others worry about protecting Petra. If she is caught, Uncle Axel tells David and the group,
"If you can't save Petra, it would be kinder to kill her than let her go to sterilization and banishment to the Fringes — a lot more merciful for a child. You understand? Do the rest of you agree?"
- The threat to their safety becomes more real, and the group becomes very anxious.