Josep is an essential character and central to the development of the story. He is the first of the One-Souls, although he doesn’t know it. It takes his introduction to Karina and the cataclysmic effect of their attraction to one another to make it clear. And it shows the reader the Soul’s enduring nature and meaning. Enduring souls will strive to find one another.
Whether by chance or design-who knows?
In this extract I try to show how a childhood built on a battle against prejudice and friendlessness shaped Josep’s self reliance and strength of character.
It is a sad incitement on our society that many victims of rape and abuse continue to be abused by the ignorant and judged by the sanctimonious. Caught in a double bind they are blamed for their abuse. The more they rail against the attitudes of those that judge them the more they are blamed and excluded.
Sometimes the weight of such hatred can crush the soul.
Sometimes it can fuel its inner fire.
"Josep and his mother who had worked the land for as long as he could recall had always managed to secure a good spot, not too close to the cubicles on the bottom at the outer edges. The frequency of turn around had damaged these canvas walls and Josep had been frightened by campfire stories of wolves dragging babies and children out of their blankets into the cold dark of night and making off into the wild land. On top of the ravaging affect of this hard working life his mother was also blighted by rejection and hostility. She was repeatedly ignored by po-faced men and women who espoused their love of the Father at Sunday services. These were sanctimonious hypocrites who turned there backs on those in need for the rest of the week. As his mother became increasingly weak and less able to work, rather than proffer friendship their hostility increased. Over time Josep came to realise that not only was she blamed for being a lone mother she was also blamed for her own defilement. Although the seed planted by her attacker had grown into a strong hard working boy, his silence and tendency to self absorption aroused comment and mistrust. People whispered about Josep behind his back, they called him a child of the night. Sometimes their hostility turned into open warfare and his work was sabotaged. Whilst resting workers were warming their hands around a large fire he would be hard at it catching up on work they should have done. This had the effect of hardening Josep’s resolve, building his strength and eventually resulted in him becoming the best and most respected worker on the circuit."