Chapter 44 of Prophecies and Penalties

Emily Fisher really, really doesn’t want to be the Prophesied One of the Children of the New Revelation. Pity, then, that at least half a dozen people already know she is. Because if people think you are something, they will develop expectations accordingly. And this is something Emily doesn’t even want to acknowledge. She is in “Denial,” chapter 44 of Prophecies and Penalties, and she’s got only this and two more chapters to get it right.

How much symbolism can I cram in here? Well, there's a mountain, just like in the story. There's a storm, and we all know what that used to mean in Hollywood movies. And the painter, Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) named the mountain after the woman who was then his mistress.

How much symbolism can I cram in here? Well, there’s a mountain, just like in the story. There’s a storm, and we all know what that used to mean in Hollywood movies. And the painter, Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) named the mountain after the woman who was then his mistress.

About Brian Bixby

I enjoy history because it helps me understand people. I'm writing fiction for much the same reason.
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11 Responses to Chapter 44 of Prophecies and Penalties

  1. E. J. Barnes says:

    “… already at least half a dozen people already know she is.”

  2. Judy says:

    OMG what a gorgeous landscape..the rocks, the clouds, the light…just the sort of image I love.

  3. danagpeleg1 says:

    I haven’t read it yet, but sometimes when enough people think something of you, and treat you this way, the idea registers with you. Or with her. And this is my bet!

  4. crimsonprose says:

    ditto Judy on the painting. Excellent choice!

  5. Judy says:

    “The painting is named after Bierstadt’s mistress and, at the time, his friend’s wife, Rosalie Osborne Ludlow.” Had to look it up…so its Mt Rosalie!! Prettiest mountain name I ever heard of!!
    But, best friend’s wife…only a guy who can paint mountains and clouds like that can get away with it and be forgiven. Maybe that is why there is a storm over the mountains.

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