Shriving Colt

Shriving Colt actually sounds a little like Ivan Colt.  My other titles are The Atonement of Ivan Colt and The Expiation of Ivan Colt.  This leads to an explanation of my latest twist, that is, that Colt has himself done something so awful that he has never forgiven himself.  Somewhere in his past he has done a wrong he cannot possibly right, and when he doesn’t get released he begins to realize that the wronged person never got over it, was scarred for life, and had to start from a point distant from their path and work their way back.   He even began in adulthood to practice Catholicism so he could think himself forgiven for his sin; the hell he’s enduring ultimately allows him to forgive himself.

Colt was not a gay history teacher.

 Wrong path is a good metaphor.  Lying in the dark, with Princess wiping blood from his face, he says, “So she got detoured off the route she’d set herself.   Now she’s got to start from where she is.” 

Maybe his “victim” attempted suicide.

Published in: on April 11, 2011 at 11:47 am  Leave a Comment  

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