67% done with At Play in the Fields of the Lord

Matthieson illustrates a very important dilemma that helps understand the Indian’s frustration with the missionaries. When they demand to know who Billy’s enemy is so they can kill it, they are refused. This is totally baffling to them because only your enemy can kill you, so you must kill them. This is central to how they see the world but it’s foreign to us and frustrating, too.

The church scene was nice.