TEC: Chapter 4: Back…Again…with Bob
So Chapter 4 is Murphy getting his pastor, Bob Wagoner, up to date on what happened in the last book.
Hey, anyone wanna guess what Chapter 4 of The Secret on Ararat was about?
Yup, Murphy has lunch with Bob at the same diner, where they eat the same food served by the same “waddling” waitress.
Then a weird thing happens: See, in Ararat, they establish that it’s been six months since the events in Babylon Rising. And now, in Europa, we’re told that it’s been a year and a half since Laura’s death in Babylon.
Which means that the events in Ararat took a year, or Murphy has waited months to tell his friend and pastor about finding Noah’s ark.
So apparently Murphy makes quite a habit of ditching people he allegedly cares about for months at a time.
Murphy relates the basics of the events on Ararat, and Bob is “absolutely spellbound by the tragic story,” and that’s before Murphy hits the punchline that they actually found the ark. If anything, Bob seems relatively uninterested in the greatest archeological find in human history, one that proves that their god is indeed a dickhead who drowned millions. So uninterested that after talking about the ark for 36 seconds (yes, I times myself reading the dialogue because I am a nerd), he changes the subject to Murphy’s love life.
Murphy talks about how attracted he is to Isis for less than 30 seconds (timed myself again), then he changes the subject to the plates (that were bronze in Ararat but have now inexplicably changed to brass) that fell into the sea in Ararat.
Bob, of all people, comes up with the pretty good plan to get a mini-sub and follow the route of the ship they took until they find the plates. But Murphy ditches Bob (why, I don’t know) without so much as a thank you for the idea.
Damn, I’ve missed you, Murphy.