A Canticle for Leibowitz Summary and Analysis: Part 3 (Fiat Voluntas Tua), Chapters 27-28

Walter M. Miller Jr.

Summary and Analysis: Part 3 (Fiat Voluntas Tua), Chapters 27-28

New Characters
Doctor Cors: a doctor who examines victims of the nuclear war

Father Lehy: a priest at the abbey

Summary
Zerchi and his guest, Doctor Cors, are sitting in Zerchi’s study listening to the announcer tell listeners that 2,800,000 people are estimated to have died from the Asian coalition’s attack on Texarkana. The announcer says radiation victims who believe they will die soon must go the closest Green Star Relief Station, where a magistrate is ready to give them writs allowing them to be euthanized. If the victims do not do this, and instead kill themselves, their heirs may not receive benefits provided by the radiation relief law, and anyone assisting such suicides...

(The entire section is 1919 words.)