Emily now has a base of operations from which to conduct her investigation of Stephen Nash’s murder. So it’s time for her to take stock of her situation, and start planning her investigation. And maybe pump her new servant Tanya for information. It’s going to be an education for Emily, and for the reader, in “The geography of a religion,” chapter 8 of Prophesies and Penalties.
I grew up as a map fiend. Put a globe or map in front of me, and I would be all over it, getting a sense of the geography, looking for odd and intriguing features. Fortunately for me, my parents subscribed to National Geographic magazine in those days, which gave me a steady supply of maps with interesting geographic, historical, and anthropological notes.
However, Alfred Korzybski (1879 – 1950) made the point that “the map is not the territory.” It’s something to keep in mind: maps provide only a simplified and often distorted rendition of only some of the features of a territory. People also supply their own interpretations of both the map and the territory. I hope my readers enjoy exactly how Emily does this in the opening section of chapter 8.