So, aside from the collection of material in the Prologue, I’ve noticed that there is a theme that culminates from the quotes that encompass Chapter 1 thus far.
Altogether, it describes frailty.
Here are my interpretations:
Self-inflicted problems (Kahlil Gibran)
Inability to sustain love due to human frailty (Anais Nin)
Fear of personal action and potential action, thus fear of self (Murakami)
Seeing the world through the lens of one’s own gift/tool (Maslow)
Reinvention or rebirth can only happen in defeat or death (Butler)
Based on what is happening so far, it does feel like there’s a connection between those quotes and the Sinclaires— and the more recent Ritual incident likely has a connection with that last quote from Octavia Butler: “In order to rise from the ashes, a phoenix must first burn.”
With the end of Chapter 1. I’ve recently been followed by an instagram that I believe some of you have also encountered. I wasn’t sure if it was connected to this, but the approach seemed similar enough. The Midnight Commission? It takes about darkness, a She, and the use of the Mind. Curious.