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November 2005: The Luggage Store

CHARACTERS

Father Peregrine
Friend and customer of the luggage store proprietor.

Proprietor
Owner of the luggage store.



CONFLICT

Protagonist

Father Peregrine, who is skeptical about the return of Earthian colonizers to their home planet.

Antagonist

Proprietor, who has a broader view of human nature.

Climax

News of impending war on Earth makes Father Peregrine rethink his views.

Outcome

Father Peregrine buys some luggage for himself.


THEMES

The value of home and how this persists for new settlers, even from a planet's remove.


Summary

The proprietor and Father Peregrine discuss the talk of war on Earth, which they cannot believe because of the distance from their own lives. One hundred thousand new settlers are expected to arrive next month but the proprietor thinks they'll turn back, as they'll be needed on Earth. Father is doubtful people already on Mars will return but the proprietor thinks it's been too short a time for the settlers to think of Mars as home and allow their ties back on Earth to be severed in such a way. Father Peregrine ponders this and buys a new valise.

Notes

This vignette more explicitly foreshadows the return of the Earthian colonizers to their home planet when it is threatened by atomic war. The proprietor of the luggage store appears again in "The Watchers".


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