Act V The Meaning of Freedom

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Article 1 (out of 28) of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights issued in 1948.

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The journey gets no easier. Temptations arise to accept and enjoy what has been achieved. These temptations are often of a sexual nature. Either the Hero, Goddess or both may indulge in a pretence that the journey is complete or may decide to reject further challenges.

However, Hero and Goddess cannot ignore their responsibilities. They must reject the temptations and seek forgiveness from a Confessor; someone powerful enough to re-instil a belief in the importance of the journey and who can influence the final outcome.

The return to the normal world itself is filled with difficulty and danger. There will be those who want to prevent the return, and assistance will be required, just as it was at the start of the journey.

The return will be many times more difficult if the Hero is travelling with the Goddess, not away from her. They will have to develop a unified message. The place she wants to return to will often be different from the destination preferred by the Hero.

There is no guarantee that the world they return to in either location will be identical to the world they left. In their absence changes may have occurred which make the message or knowledge they carry no longer relevant.

As an example, the “Universal” Declaration of Human Rights was comprehensively rejected by the Islamic states in the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam (1990) which has now been implemented in 45 countries despite being condemned by The International Commission of Jurists.  Was the Declaration implemented in 45 countries or the the rejection by the Islamic states?  Ambigious sentence.

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Extract from The Prisoner of Foix--Chapter 43 -The EntranceNo need to buy a Kindle. Read it on your computer or tablet

John Stanley-26th April 1355


'Looks like we are going to see a bit of excitement, John. The Captain tried to get an agreement from the Prince that if there is surf running across the channel to Arcachon we will turn back to Bordeaux, but the Prince would hear none of it. Instead, he has offered to provide insurance for all three ships. If they are damaged or sunk, the owners will be compensated and every sailor who makes the passage will be given a bounty payment. What none of this seems to take into account is that if we sink in rough, fast-flowing waters we might all drown.'

John raised his eyebrows. 'But that is what we are going to do?'

'Yes, despite the fact that surf running accross the entrance is not uncommon and the deep water channel moves continually. In the end, the Prince attacked their captains on their weakest point, their professional pride! He threw down the gauntlet. He offered to take the Sally first through the channel, and to take control during the passage.' He raised his brow. 'We are going into the Bay of Arcachon, come what may! '

Extract from The Eagle of Carcassone -- Chapter 24-- A Real GoddessNo need to buy a Kindle. Read it on your computer or tablet

John Stanley - 22 July 1355

An hour later John walked with Ximene close to the river along the valley below St Feriole. It was the very essence of a summer’s day. The sun was fierce but in the shadow of the trees, it was cool and fragrant. The trees and shrubs along the riverbank hid their progress, from the Château, from St Feriole.

Eventually they reached a point where John thought it was safe to emerge from cover. To his satisfaction the stream extended into a pool with a sandy beach, shaded by trees. Where the stream entered the pool there was a flat grassy area, almost circular. Behind this, the bulk of two mountain ridges provided a splendid backdrop. 

He looked around once more ‘Not just a good training ground but a great training ground. If the Greek heroes knew about this they might be tempted to join me, to train with me’

Ximene laughed out loud. He turned to look at her. She had removed her outer clothes and was wearing a white chemise, cut short so that it barely reached her knees. Around her waist, she wore a plaited leather belt, obviously fashioned from the multitude of leather straps to be found in the tackle room.

She ran her hands down over her breasts. ‘When you were unconscious I heard you muttering about gods and goddesses, so  I have decided that from now on, for you, I will be the goddess.’