Be Careful What You Wish For (Murder In The Cathedral, Page 20)

Hi!  Long time no post! 🙂

We are starting very quickly with “Murder in the Cathedral,” by T. S. Eliot.

Third Priest: For good or ill, let the wheel turn.

The wheel has been still, these seven years, and no good.

For ill or good, let the wheel turn.

For who knows the end of good or evil?

Earlier, the audience is informed that the Archbishop has been gone for seven years, and this has very much agitated the people.  The third priest is saying that the wheel of fortune has been still, in other words, nothing has happened at all in that time.  Seeming bored  with the situation, he begs for the wheel to turn, not necessarily for something good to happen but for something to happen.  By glancing at the title of the book, we can see this priest eventually had his wish granted.

This reminds me of the proverb, “Be Careful What You Wish For.”  I do not think that this priest was expecting something as drastic as a murder to occur, but he did say, “For good or ill.”

Also, this is very obviously a foreshadowing of what to occur, the murder in the cathedral.  Although many books have foreshadowing hidden in them and you must re-read the first few chapters to catch them, here you do not even need to know anything more than the title to recognize it.

-Paulie 😀


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