Day Three, Chapter 5, Worthing Saga, OSC

June 9, 2008 at 3:33 am | Posted in The Worthing Saga | 3 Comments

Note: I just wanted to remind you that you can still join in and participate on the discussions at any time. You don’t have to keep up (as far as reading goes) with the posting schedule in order to join. You can read at your own pace, and discuss at your own pace. If you are reading and blogging about this on your own site, please let me know so I can link to you!

The Worthing Saga
by Orson Scott Card
Day Three Chapter 5

Chapter five opens in the present. Lared and Sala and their parents’ inn. The tinker has arrived. He comes each and every year to the Inn just before winter gets started. Lared and Jason are still having some troubles getting along. Lared is having a lot of responsibility placed on him by Jason. He’s being expected to do so much, understand so much, feel so much. It’s not really surprising that these dreams, these visions, these stories can and do weigh him down. Jason thinks it’s worth it though. That these stories must be told, must be passed on. He believes that Lared is the one who must tell this story. That Lared is the perfect one for the job. Lared has his doubts. He doesn’t want the burden. And I think this task has lost some of the fun. I believe, in the beginning, Lared was so in awe about Jason and Justice’s coming, about their special powers, about the task they wanted–they needed–him to do that he got carried away. But it’s a task, a chore now.

We do find out a little more about Abner Doon. About Abner’s lost love. And through this story we learn more about the concept of memories and human brains. Before people go under, go to sleep, their memories are downloaded, stored, “bubbled”. The text refers to their memories being stored in bubbles. When they’re woken, their memories are placed back. But whether through experimentation or carelessness (or whatever) we learn that the human brain cannot stand to have another’s memories placed inside. To download another’s memory bubbles into one’s own mind would cause insanity. The brain, in this case, is acting as a soul, a conscience. It cannot stand to have memories that it could never/would never do.

I *think* it was mentioned earlier but I wanted to talk about it here. The concept of lifeloops. Of actors and actresses that allow cameras to follow them around for a certain amount of time. Of them “filming” anything and everything. Of them living their life in front of the cameras for all the world to see. Of airing their dirty laundry for applause. A bit scary. When OSC wrote this there wasn’t an explosion of reality TV shows. But this blending of “reality” and “acting” is just odd and prophetic in a way. You’ve got to question–or I’ve got to question–folks who will do anything and everything to become famous. Life loops are also similar to THE TRUMAN SHOW. I love that movie. And yes, Worthing Saga came first. But the concept of this man (first a baby) living his entire life for the cameras, for an audience.

Doon’s final manipulation with Jason Worthing. What do you think of that? I think Jason made the only choice he could under the circumstances. And as we read on we learn that Doon’s plans maybe just maybe have been thwarted a little. At least that what Jason feels at first. I’m not so sure of how it will finally finally play out there. I’m sticking with just this one chapter. So he’s off with a ship of colonists. 334 men and women. That’s what we start out with anyway.

Jason does get into a predicament though on the way. But he uses it to his advantage. He turns it into a fun game. He likes playing God I think. Likes the power of making the decisions. Likes the power of turning chaos into sense. Of making something out of nothing. Of course, we don’t see this in action yet.

It’s an interesting premise. This society-making from the ground up. Starting with nothing, trying to craft, trying to mold a utopia. Trying to decide what to do and when to do it and how it will all work together.

I can see how Jason would get swept up in it. What do you think? Are you liking Jason? Not liking Jason? Do you think he’s trustworthy? What about Justice? Would you be scared of her as well? And what about Justice answering Lared that Jason wasn’t good?

Share your thoughts 🙂

Personally, I was reminded of Five For Fighting’s song WORLD

Got a package full of Wishes
A Time machine, a Magic Wand
A Globe made out of Gold

No Instructions or Commandments
Laws of Gravity or
Indecisions to uphold

Printed on the box I see
A.C.M.E.’s Build-a-World-to-be
Take a chance – Grab a piece
Help me to believe it

What kind of world do you want?
Think Anything
Let’s start at the start
Build a masterpiece
Be careful what you wish for
History starts now…

Should there be people or peoples
Money, Funny pedestals for Fools who never pay
Raise your Army – Choose your Steeple
Don’t be shy, the satellites can look the other way

Lose the Earthquakes – Keep the Faults
Fill the oceans without the salt
Let every Man own his own Hand

What kind of world do you want
Think Anything
Let’s start at the start
Build a masterpiece
Be careful what you wish for
History starts now…

Sunlight’s on the Bridge
Sunlight’s on the Way
Tomorrow’s Calling

There’s more to this than Love

What Kind of world do you want
What Kind of world do you want

What Kind of world do you want
Think Anything
Let’s start at the start
Build a masterpiece

History Starts Now

Be careful what you wish for
Start Now



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  1. I am running late on this discussion…sorry! I’ll try to catch up in the next couple of days. I’m either too early or late – can’t just be on time…lol!

  2. Another good chapter. I’m really liking this book. I was conflicted on the part about Abner Doon’s love. He was able to remove all those years of bad memories, and return her to time when she was happy. In the end, she chose to have the bad memories restored. Interesting. I’m not sure what I would have done. I like Jason so far, and the way he’s taking charge of building his society. I like Justice also, but I feel like I don’t know enough about her yet.

  3. I agree with you, Susan. I’m not sure what I would have done either. I do like Jason a lot. But Justice is so far more reserved, and it’s harder to get a sense that you know her at this point.

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