The War of the Worlds: Book 2, Chapter 4
Well, thanks for that, Wells. You may be the O.G. of SPOILERS with today's chapter title in The War of the Worlds.
Honestly, it's about time the curate met his Maker. (Don't hate me.) He was becoming increasingly problematic, but I have to say - I am SUPER THANKFUL that the narrator used the blunt end of the "meat chopper" instead of the business end.
This chapter served to raise my blood pressure - from the curate's noise to the confrontations, from discovering the Martians could work a door to the metallic snake probe (especially touching his boot!) - EGADS!
I totally would have been whispering "passionate prayers for safety," too! p. 135
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗿?
What some of our members said:
"Yeah the curate was definitely a liability. Sorry sir, but you had to go. This is a survival situation."
"I wonder why he didn’t just let the Curate leave? The narrator could’ve hidden still and waited. Maybe he didn’t want the curator to be sucked dry by the martians. Or maybe he just didn’t want to hear his screams.in either case, as soon as he started yelling and raising his voice, I would’ve been running to hide."
"I think maybe he was trying to keep the last humanitarian impulses he experienced alive in himself. He seems to be a person who needs a task and taking care of someone would be a task he set for himself; since he wasn’t around his wife then he appointed taking care of the curate to himself. He was seeing some of the worst traits of humanity during the panic, he saw Earth being taken over by not-humans; I think he just wanted to keep his humanness alive. I would have left the curate a looooooong time ago lol!"