Soon: Chapter 15: Forget It
Seeing the lightning and thinking the words = The Moment for Paul. If the Rapture had really happened last weekend and we were now in the Tribulation, the Mark of the Believer would now be on Paul’s forehead.
Like his Left Behind counterpart, Chaim Rosenzweig, Paul wonders if his conversion is “valid.” But Jenkins and Paul defensively assure us that this conversion-while-a-plane-crashes is a totally 100% genuine real McCoy no tag backs conversion, yessirree. They do this be retconning their own story. Although this is nothing compared to the lie Paul tells Straight later…possibly the biggest lie in the entire book.
Yeah. Chew on that.
Paul tells Straight about the Miraculous Return of Paul’s Sight (hereinafter MROPS). Straight is dubious. Understandably so, even if Straight is a miracle-believing Christian.
Then the plane lands. Considering the storms and the screaming and puking and “assume the brace position!”, this is even more anticlimactic than it sounds.
Paul and Straight head home (hey, Straight might as well be living with them at this point!). Paul goes to embrace Jae, and this is portrayed as a wonderful new development due to Paul’s wonderful new faith, but I’m more inclined to read it as yet another case of Only Paul’s Emotions Matter.
Jae hears about the MROPS and, apparently sick of playing chauffeur, suggests that Straight drive Paul to the ER.
“No, no.” [Paul responded] “I can’t explain all this to strangers and spend the night there getting tests. We’ll see Dr. Bihari in the morning.”
“Paul, maybe it’s some neurological shift–”
“I’m not going, Jae. Forget it. It’s my eyes, not my head…”
See what I mean about Paul not changing? Still with the interrupting and the belittling. I am trying to imagine circumstances in which I would say “forget it” to a beloved family member. The only ones I can think of are 1) if we were both kidding around, or 2) if the person’s idea was so offensive and outrageous that it warranted immediate and rude dismissal.
And suggesting a hospital trip for a blind man who claims he can suddenly see does not seem like such an outrageous request.
I wonder…in ten years of marriage, has Jae ever proposed a plan–hell, has she ever expressed a thought–that has not been immediately shot down by Paul?
“And I’m just so tired.” [Paul concluded] “It’s been such a crazy day. That plane ride was a roller coaster…”
He turned Christian and had his vision miraculousy restores, but the really upsetting and tiring thing was the bumpy plane ride.
What an idiot.