TSoA: Chapter 15: Blast Him

Time for another exciting phone call between Murphy and Isis!

Murphy calls Isis at her sister’s, where she is hiding out.  Isis’s sister is Hecate (GET IT?) and I remain astonished that Isis has a sister at all.

But Murphy isn’t so much astonished as he is “a little hurt” that Isis “had kept her sister’s existence a secret.”

Yes, Murphy, because when someone doesn’t immediately give you her entire biography within one minute of meeting you, it is because she is Keeping Secrets.

This, btw, from the same man who didn’t call Isis for SIX MONTHS after their adventure in the last novel, during which Isis SAVED HIS LIFE.

Asshat.

Isis talks about the night she was attacked:

“Still a bit shaken up.  I feel so bad about the guards.  The police said that I shouldn’t go to the funerals—it’s too dangerous—so I can’t show support for the families.  They must be devastated.  And I feel somehow it’s wrong I survived.  It’s my fault they’re dead.”

“That’s crazy, Isis.  Of course it isn’t.  I got you into this.  If it’s anyone’s fault, it’s mine.”

“That’s crazy.”  Stay sensitive, Murph!

Murphy wants Isis to admit to the existence of evil, which he considers a step in Isis “accepting Christ into her life.”

…no one could go through what she had without asking themselves the big questions.

He just hoped she came up with the right answers.

Because it’s just silly to imagine that a grown woman, well into her thirties and educated and successful, would have asked herself “the big questions” before now!

The upshot of the conversation is that the Parchments of Freedom Foundation just received a big-ass check from some anonymous donor (spoiler alert: it’s Methuselah), to be used to fund an ark-finding expedition, with Michael Murphy as the lead.  The PFF apparently saw NOTHING SUSPICIOUS ABOUT THIS WHASOEVER, so immediately gave the project a green light.

As would be expected.

Murphy also sees nothing suspicious about any of this, because he jumps at the chance and invites Isis to go along.  (He tells himself it is so he can “protect” her, because being in another state with a constant police guard isn’t nearly as much protection as being by the side of Michael Murphy.)

Then the author tries to get into Isis’s head, with disastrous results:

For the first time she was beginning to think he actually cared about her.

And now he was inviting her to go on an expedition to one of the world’s most inhospitable if not downright dangerous places.  All for the sake of a biblical artifact.  Which, of course, made perfect sense.  Because biblical artifacts were all he really cared about.

Isis didn’t need any more time to think about it.  She’d show Michael Murphy that she wasn’t some softhearted female at the beck and call of her emotions.  Blast him!

HAHAHAHA!!!  It’s funny, see, because Isis is a silly little girl at the mercy of her own emotions!

It’s so funny when a girl tries to do something!

-Crow T. Robot, Riding with Death, MST3K

Isis snappishly responds that she’d just love to go find the ark, and that she’ll be just fine on the moutain, thank you very much, because…

“My father and I used to spend every vacation in the Highlands, I’ll have you know.”

Hmmm, no mention of her sister.  Interesting.  It’s almost like the sister was a last-minute addition to the story and the authors forgot about her…

Murphy is grinning when he hangs up the phone after this very awkward conversation.  Yanno, having a man be out of his depth when it comes to relationships can be done quite well, but not when the man is also supposed to be The Manliest RTC Man Evah and when he’s a pompous jerk.

He’s grinning as Isis is stewing.  Asshat.

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Posted on September 26, 2012, in Babylon Rising, Books, The Secret on Ararat. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I just don’t get it. Why is it so important that Michael be an avatar of “manliness”? Whenever I think of unalloyed masculinity/yang/etc., the word that comes to my mind is “reckless”. A *bad* thing, last I heard. (And yes, I’m aware that they’re supposed to have faith that God will intercept any bad things that result. Let the record show that I do not think it’s good form to force God to do the work for us.)

    Two-thirds yang, one-third yin would probably be fine (I believe it maps in Chinese elementalism to wood; unalloyed yang would be fire).

    • Redwood Rhiadra (@redwoodr)

      Hey – that yin-yang stuff is Satanic thinking!

      To a Fundamentalist, everything is black and white. Good and evil, masculine and feminine, heaven and hell, etc. Shades of gray (or heaven forfend, *colors*) are anathema.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy

      I just don’t get it. Why is it so important that Michael be an avatar of “manliness”?

      Author Self-Insert?

      • I think it’s more complicated than that. A lot of American-Christians seem to feel a continuing need to prove they aren’t wimps, that they can be just as macho and stupid as any jock – does this mean they weren’t jocks at school? Or that they’re worried about the peaceful forgiving Christ looking “weak”? Or does this tie back to the Muscular Christianity thing from Victorian days?

  2. Hmmmmmmm.

    I think this may be the point at which Isis sends her slightly thick third sister on the expedition, knowing that Murphy won’t be able to tell the difference as long as she’s suitably fawning. Meanwhile Isis goes off to have real adventures.

    • Not a sister. A robot. In a wig and dress and programmed to use vague yet fawning phrases, perfect for nearly every occasion.

    • I think the three laws of robotics are pretty much what RTC heroes look for in a woman.

      1: A good RTC wife may not injure an RTC or, through inaction, allow an RTC to come to harm. (This applies doubly to unborn children.)

      2: A good RTC wife must obey the orders given to it by her husband, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

      3: A good RTC wife must protect her own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

      And of course the important collary, a good RTC wife may not change her programming, I mean the teachings of her RTC pastor and/or husband.

  3. For an RTC with both a barely-latent persecution complex (pretty common) and actual evidence that someone with resources is after him (exceedingly rare) you’d think he’d be at least a bit nervous about a huge annonimous donation that sends him out into the wilds.

    But I guess it’s also common for RTCs to burry all reservations to anyone who in word and money, if not in deed, supports RTC causes. See also Newt Gingrich..

  4. “The upshot of the conversation is that the Parchments of Freedom Foundation just received a big-ass check from some anonymous donor (spoiler alert: it’s Methuselah), to be used to fund an ark-finding expedition, with Michael Murphy as the lead. The PFF apparently saw NOTHING SUSPICIOUS ABOUT THIS WHASOEVER, so immediately gave the project a green light.”

    Personally, I think that the PFF is trying to get rid of Michael Murphy, having realized what a douche he is but still oblivious to the fact that he is Our Hero and is therefore entitled to at least two more books.

    • Let’s face it, if one were living in the world of the book without benefit of narration, there wouldn’t be anything to connect Murphy with anyone heroic…

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