The Ancient Child - Study Guide Book 2, Chapters 9-12 Summary & Analysis

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In Chapter 9, Set expresses his rage with Dr. Terriman by throwing a vase into his face, breaking it. Set is angry with the doctor because he feels he is crudely and intolerably invading his mind by analyzing the symbol of the bear to him. Though Terriman knows many wonderful stories from the annals of folklore, his psychoanalytic attempts disturb Set deeply. We learn that he was hospitalized six weeks prior after having been found unconscious in his studio. The studio stank of whiskey, vomit, and urine, and next to Set was the open medicine bundle containing the skin of a bear cub and various other strange items.

In Chapter 10, Grey awaits Set’s return to the reservation. Jessie is anxious and asks whether they ought to perform the night ritual with peyote tea and a fire once again, but Grey tells her that it is not...

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