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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Among the Wolves
I read this
gem, tucked among the words of Louise Penny in her novel The Beautiful
Mystery which takes place in a monastery in the wilderness of North Eastern Quebec, Canada:
“I hope we learn from it,” the abbot said turning to Inspector
Gamache, after the Chief Inspector had solved the mystery of a recent murder in the monastery
of the Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups. “What lesson will you learn?”
The abbot thought about it. “Do you know why our emblem is two
wolves intertwined?” Gamache replied with his theory, only to be corrected by
the abbot. “No, the emblem is from a native story of the Montagnais.”
“Don Clement relates it in his diaries. One of the elders told
him that when he was a boy his grandfather came to him one day and said he had
two wolves fighting inside of him. One was gray, the other black. The gray one
wanted his grandfather to be courageous, patient, and kind. The other, the
black one, wanted his grandfather to be fearful and cruel. This upset the boy
and he thought about it for a few days then returned to his grandfather. He
asked, ‘Grandfather, which of the wolves will win?’ “
The Old Man in the Tree, Dodgeville, Wisc.
The abbot smiled slightly. “Do
you know what his grandfather said?” The Inspector shook his head. “The one I feed,”
replied the abbot.
Gamache looked at the monastery; he’d mistranslated the emblem.
Not Saint Gilbert among the wolves, but between them. In that place of
perpetual choice. (chapter. 34)
Inspector Gamache, I pondered this story then smiled. This is why I enjoy Louise Penny’s books so
much. Many of her explanations are lines from poetry, mythology, Bible,
folklore, and literature. She asks her readers to think about the problem, the
mystery, or an aspect of life that the characters must also deal with. As Inspector Gamache knows, each of us deals with
myself thinking ahead to choices I need to make and then smiled. There’s something about giving a
situation a story that makes it easier for me to solve and think through. I can see
more clearly what I’m feeding and what I’m denying. Perspective and choice! So many ways to relate to this story.