Silenced: Chapter 4, Part 1: Subordinates
Paul arrives in Bern, and gets into a snide little conversation with his driver. Unusually for the Underground Zealot series, it is the other person who instigates things, not Paul:
“So this is Doctor Stepola. The expert.” [Emphasis Jenkins]
Paul decides to play nice by playing dumb, with expected results:
“Hey, maybe you can tell me something. How did Bern get to be the international capital? I mean, Switzerland makes sense, but why not Zurich?”
“Bern is the capital of Switz–” the driver said.
“Have you been here before?”
“To Zurich, but never to Bern.”
“Then why would you say it shouldn’t be the world capital?”
“I didn’t. I was just wondering–”
“The minute you set foot in our city, you disparage it? Zurich is bigger, so Zurich is better?”
You were wondering, Professor? Try reading a book. The driver may be a jerk, but Paul is being a condescending ass. The driver is not his tour guide.
Anyway, I’m bored of this scene, so let’s pop over to Jae, who’s bored, too. Jae is just not cut out to be a stay-at-home mom. This was alluded to in Soon, and driven home here. She just cannot find anything to occupy her time while the kids are at school. I know this makes Jae a very bad future-RTC wife, but I can understand. After all, Jae has spent the last ten years in a relationship with emotional abuser Paul, who has probably managed to keep Jae from forming any lasting friendships. At least twice in this book, Jae alludes to having friends, but we never meet them or learn anything about any of them. I have a feeling that she’s so lonely that she is imagining her acquaintances (probably her kids’ friends’ parents) to be her friends. Paul has also spent eight years telling her that she’s stupid and incapable, so she probably hasn’t cultivated many hobbies or outside interests. Very typical of emotional abusers: keep them from being focused on anything but the abuser, make them feel useless alone. It’s apparently worked.
Jae also has a graduate degree in economics, and says that she misses the adult interactions of an office setting. Again, not something a good RTC wife should feel, which I guess proves that Jae needs to accept Jesus into her heart so all those nasty feelings of discontent can be repressed, as they should be.
Jae calls Ranold to vent, which I guess shows just how lonely and friendless she really is. Ranold is full of praise for Paul and tells Jae that he may be in Europe for many weeks. She is made even more upset by this realization, but then Ranold makes Jae an offer she probably could refuse, if she wanted to: come to Washington, D.C. for a month or two, with the kids, and be a temporary “numbers person” at the NPO.
WILL Jae take the job? WILL Paul get along with the leader of the world? Stay tuned!