The main reason that the citizens of Waknuk desire such sameness and conformity is because of their superstitious and religious beleifs. If the villains are defined by their intolerance of anyone or anything that deviates from the norm then our band of heroes, and their ultimate savior, are the worst offenders. Having made this connection, David hurriedly contacts all the people he is able to exchange thoughts with and explains the risk of them being discovered. For that alone it is worth reading. It's about conformity in a post-nuclear holocaust world.
Once again Wyndham brings to the fore his rather weak understanding of evolutionary theory but this only detracts slightly from the book, as it is a minor theme raised only near the end. In nature nothing is static. Unfortunately, Jerome Skinner happens upon them before they could disperse and asks many questions on suspicion, wondering how the group could have arrived in one spot, not hearing any cries himself. It made them careful about their purity and their prayers. This if discovered would be classed as deviant and they and he would be in grave danger. This is a hardship in of itself, yet Katherine perseveres through the torture, not revealing much information to her interrogators.
It is also established that it is the individual responsibility of each individual citizen of Waknuk to be wary of Offenses and Blasphemies - and this often times means purging mutated livestock and crops that carry the title of an Offence. Characters Reactions in Moments of Desperation in The Chrysalids People react differently in moments of desperation. On a present-day map, Waknuk can be identified with Wabush in south-western Labrador, adjacent to Labrador City. The port of Lark is mentioned as a way-point on the west coast of the island of Newf where sailors may obtain provisions. He decides to keep what he has seen from everyone, even his cousin, Rosalind. Unfortunately the rules do not end at the farm. He inquires to know exactly how many people David can actually speak to and David explains that there were formerly 8 he has been unable to reach the eighth member for some time now he worries that something bad may have happened to him and that it may come across all the others who share their gift.
However, despite this rigid upbringing, David doesn't fully cooperate, and sometimes when he meets others who have a deviation he ends up helping them rather than turning them in. They share everything, including emotions, opinions, and experiences. David continues his friendship with Sophie and since she cannot attend school, David takes it upon himself to educate her in matters of Geography, Math and Ethics, which are the principal topics covered in his own schooling. Even written in the 50s, it's clear that we as people and societies and other groups, are not learning. Uncle Axel is explaining to the distressed David that there is nothing when a person says one race is better than the other for whatever reason does not mean it is true. As well as The Day of the Triffids, he wrote The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoos filmed as Village of the Damned and The Seeds of Time.
On one particular morning, his Uncle Axel calls him out to help him fix a plough. Under the punishment and pain inflicted on him by Joseph, David reveals that Sophie is a Deviant. They manage to evade his suspicions. David agrees to be vulnerable and sensitive with Petra so that she can practice and begin to join his group of telepaths in a way that is not as unpleasant for them. These rules specify that man is the image of God and should have a head, a body, two legs, two arms, ten fingers, and ten toes. There are people who live in this city who have had their siblings, or even children cast away, never to be seen again, with no say in the matter.
That night, David has terrible dreams of a purging ceremony where the deviation to be killed this time is not a crop or animal or even Sophie but David sees his sister Petra at the hands of her father. David and Rosalind agree to take responsibility for responding, but if the calls become overwhelmingly intense, anyone who can reach Petra is to do so and make her lose consciousness immediately. However, they both tell the same story. As a farming society, Waknuk is also concerned with destroying any genetically mutated plant or animal, known as Offences. This fact is the baseline of the whole story.
Chapter 2 After meeting Sophie, David returns to his home in the fiercely religious society of Waknuk. Michael stays in Waknuk to save Rachel from the Inspectors. We learn that the telepaths are all children, scattered around Waknuk and the neighbouring communities: David and Rosalind, Michael, Rachel and Anne, Sally and Katherine, and Mark. I love clever science fiction because it is far more close to being philosophical than scientific or even fictional. This post is part of the series: The Chrysalids Study Guide. David has to protect his friends and especially his younger sister so when danger threatens he takes them away to find a home on the Fringes.
This is an example of ignorance, and not taking the time to get to know how a person is. Plants are burned, animals are slaughtered, and human deviations are banished to the Fringes where they are out of sight, cannot reproduce, and will either die or live a miserable life. It is neither man nor woman. This book tells the reader about social life in Waknuk. David is speaking to her with his mind telepathically while she is at home on her own family farm. Sophie heads back out to see the progress.