A Canticle for Leibowitz Summary and Analysis: Part 3 (Fiat Voluntas Tua), Chapters 29-30

Walter M. Miller Jr.

Summary and Analysis: Part 3 (Fiat Voluntas Tua), Chapters 29-30

Summary
Father Lehy is receiving Zerchi’s confession of his sin against Cors. As Zerchi confesses, he sees Mrs. Grales waiting for him. He prays for twenty minutes as penance, then moved to the confessional to see Mrs. Grales. She tells him she feels “the Dread One about” and needs to confess. She also forgives God for making her deformed, which Zerchi reluctantly accepts. As she begins to confess, missiles are heard being fired, and Zerchi quickly absolves her and tells her to say ten Ave Marias and ten Pater Noster prayers for penance. The sky grows bright from the exploding missiles, and suddenly Mrs. Grales’s voice changes into a soft, sleepy murmur. It says, “I never meant to … I never meant to …...

(The entire section is 743 words.)