Island - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Summary

Dr. MacPhail visits his wife early the next morning. Lakshmi says that she'll soon see her last morning. Lakshmi and Dr. MacPhail talk about their lives together and she says that she was "like a flea", always hopping off to something new. He says that she educated him in ways no other could have.

Will reads from the small book given to him by Dr. MacPhail. It's called, "Notes on What's What, and What it Might be Reasonable to Do about What's What". Among the observations are, "Nobody needs to go anywhere else. We are all, if we only knew it, already there". There is also a discussion about faith and belief. Faith, according to the text, is "justified confidence in our capacity to know who in fact we are". Those with a strong belief in something or someone will take unanalyzed words too seriously: "Give us...

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