A Canticle for Leibowitz Summary and Analysis: Part 1 (Fiat Homo), Chapters 6-7

Walter M. Miller Jr.

Summary and Analysis: Part 1 (Fiat Homo), Chapters 6-7

New Characters
Emily: the wife of Leibowitz

Brother Horner: master of the abbey’s copyroom

Brother Sarl: a worker in the abbey’s copyroom

Brother Jeris: an apprentice in the abbey’s copyroom

Summary
The readers learn that the abbey continues to bustle with rumors about the pilgrim and the discovered shelter, which has been ordered closed by Arkos. They also learn that Emily Leibowitz, the wife of Leibowitz, disappeared at the start of the “Flame Deluge.” This Deluge was caused by world leaders who were confident that if they deployed their nuclear weapons skillfully enough, they could conquer the world. The result was nuclear holocaust and a...

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