A Canticle for Leibowitz Summary and Analysis: Part 2 (Fiat Lux), Chapters 14-15

Walter M. Miller Jr.

Summary and Analysis: Part 2 (Fiat Lux), Chapters 14-15

New Characters
Hongan Os (Mad Bear): leader of the nomadic tribes of the Plains

The readers learn that the Dark Age of savage nomads, militaristic knights, and illiteracy is beginning to fade away, and the wisdom preserved in the abbey’s Memorabilia is helping bring about a new, better age. Dom Paulo is disturbed from his thoughts about the Memorabilia and the Church’s preservation of old texts by noises in the abbey basement. He goes down to the basement to see Kornhoer and his machine, which includes a variety of axles, pulleys, belts, and wagon wheels covered with copper wire and facing iron blocks also covered with copper wire.

Kornhoer explains to Dom Paulo that...

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