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Partridge forsakes his training: John Preston’s Call to Adventure

Today Cimmy, myself, and the kids are starting an unplugged week, so it’s time for a week+ of reruns. Also, I’ve been in horrid pain, so creating new posts is tough. Please enjoy (even if you’ve read this before).

Flag of Libria. The four Ts represent the Tetragrammaton Council

In Libria, emotion is outlawed.  The Tetragrammaton Clerics are the elite arm of its law enforcement, tasked with tracking down any materials likely to incite emotion to destroy them, and to terminate “sense offenders”, that is, any citizens that have broken the law by feeling emotion.

Partridge quotes from “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” before Preston executes him: “But I being poor, have only my dreams/I have spread my dreams under your feet/Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” This quote will have significance at the climax of the film.

John Preston (Christian Bale) is Libria’s highest ranking Grammaton Cleric.  His Call to Adventure comes when he discovers that his partner, Errol Partridge (Sean Bean), has confiscated a book of poems under false pretenses.  Tracking him to a ruined cathedral in the Nethers (an area of cities destroyed by a Third World War), he finds him reading the book, and unapologetically so.  As Partridge is now guilty of sense offending, Preston executes him.

The event seems to shake Preston from a proscribed routine just enough that he accidentally breaks a vial of his morning dose of Prozium, and he begins to feel emotions.

The Call to Adventure

The Call to Adventure

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: Dreams and a Lack of Prozium: Supernatural Aid

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