Maru and Moleka are presented as kings of two opposing kingdoms, not earthly kingdoms, but inner, spiritual kingdoms. Maru believes that the gods have granted him a special insight into the ways of the world and its people, but he quietly fears Moleka, whose kingdom to him is unfathomable:
The king who had insight into everything feared the king whose door was still closed. There was no knowing what was behind the closed door of Moleka’s kingdom. Maru had no key to it, but he knew of its existence because if he touched Moleka’s heart with some word or gesture a cloud would lift and he would see a rainbow of dazzling light.
The friendship between the two men ends the second that Maru realizes that the balance of power has shifted in favor of Moleka, because of Moleka’s love for Margaret. Margaret completes Moleka’s previously incomplete kingdom and gives him more power than Maru has: “’He is greater than I in power,’ he thought, at first stunned, taken aback by the sight.” He thinks further, “Moleka had to wait until his door was opened by another hand. Moleka is only half a statement of his kingdom. Someone else makes up the whole. It is the person he now loves.” What makes Moleka a king is his over-abundance of energy. Maru’s gift, on the other hand, is creative imagination. When Margaret’s creative imagination is combined with Moleka’s energy, the two are more...
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