Parliament of Fools

Welcome! We fools are a mish-mash of lovers of the English language. Pull up a computer chair, and imagine with us that you're sitting by the fire in a local cafe. Sip your cyber-cappucino and discuss with us your thoughts on our latest reading assignment. Hopefully we'll experience all the joy of reading together, without the cost of Starbucks.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Chief Mourner of Marne

Back at last (momentarily, while no one needs a clean diaper, food, or entertainment). . . .

I think this story works especially well straight out as a mystery--the clues are all there and yet manage to turn themselves completely inside out at the end. Even more intriguing is the way the concepts of mercy and judgment are turned inside out; the "charity" (or today, "tolerance") of the world shown to be the cheap fraud that it is, useless for those who really need mercy. One doesn't have to accept the Catholic role of the priest to see the power of the Christian belief in both the horror of sin and the depth of God's mercy that can forgive the unforgivable.