Monday, April 30, 2007

Meg's Book - Chapter 12 - Blood and Water

Trivia - Summer 1841 was an awful time, only to be exceeded by the summer of 1842. Joseph Smith was particularly saddened by the death of his younger brother, Don Carlos. I can't help think that Joseph must have wished that a different man had died of malarial fever...


las said...

From the blog, it sounds like Sarah falls again. Makes you wonder what her motivations were at keeping Bennett in the house... Letting him live there in the first place with Orson gone also struck me as a really bad idea! (of course, he was a Pillar of Society at that point, but Joseph knew his past weaknesses.) Oh, well, you can’t argue plot points with history!

daughterofheaven said...

I don't believe she 'fell' in the sense of resuming the affair with Bennett. Rather, she lied to her husband when the whole Bennett thing hit the fan and told Orson that Joseph had tried to compromise her virtue, rather than admitting that Bennett had seduced her.

Orson Pratt's brief apostasy before he returned to the church was very public. It makes his later sermon in defense of polygamy (the first such public sermon, delivered at General Conference immediately after Brigham Young first announces 'the principle') particularly poignant.

ktb said...

The beginning of the chapter is very good. After the confrontation between Elvira and John Bennett, there are two more main themes that occur. John Bennett living with the Pratts, and Don Carlos being ill then dying. To me this seems a little choppy. I would have to go back and read the original chapters, but my question is, does the portion of this chapter concerning Don Carlos add anything to the overall story? It would seem to me that focusing on John Bennett would be smoother, leading up to the circumstances of Joseph’s imprisonment and death.

I do not recall now which of teh original chapters had the story of Harcourt Manning in it, so I have not checked to see if the reference to nuns was added. If it was added, that is a good thought provoker, but one that could use further carefull comparison if pursued further in the future.

daughterofheaven said...

I suppose I could lose Don Carlos, but it is a theme that runs through (albeit an ancillary theme).

Don Carlos' widow becomes one of Joseph's plural wives (in response to las's comments on the Relief Society chapter, I insert Elvira jumping to that conclusion in the discussion with Joseph after Gustin leaves), and the young Joseph F. Smith sees the worm-eaten remains of Don Carlos the morning after Jonathan helps move the remains of Joseph and Hyrum (angrily reported to Elvira by Mary Fielding Smith at Winter Quarters).

Don Carlos' widow (Agnes) is one of those who gather around Emma after Joseph's death. Agnes is on record as having said she would have gone west if Joseph or Hyrum (or Don Carlos) had been alive, but she wasn't willing to go west with any of the other men.

So, to lose Don Carlos' death or not? Don't know.

Okishdu said...

I think you have to choose between inclusive and incisive. As Card did by having 'Ender's Shadow' bring an entire different aspect to the Ender saga, you may want to consider another book that focuses more on some of the other interesting people contingent to the main story you have been telling us. There is also the issue of Don Carlos being the name of Joseph's child. I find that if I don't pay close attention I can become confused. When I did my 'Ice Cutting' panel I knew that the fences around the Homestead were probably close set pickets, but I decided to depict them as rail fences (which they could have been for a period of time) because I needed to simplify and strengten the design. I think you need to consider the danger of being too inclusive. By deciding to write this as an historical novel you have already chosen the path of art versus only depicting what is absolutely known.

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