The Dark Is Rising Topics for Discussion

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Discuss Will's feelings about being an Old One. How does he resist his power? How does he embrace it?

Discuss Merriman's role as Will's helper. How does he assist Will in his quest?

Will's journey into other times is always preceded by a phrase of haunting bell-like music. How does this music affect Will?

Discuss the following quote. "'I mean the part of all of us, and of all the things we think and believe, that has nothing to do with yesterday or today or tomorrow because it belongs at a different kind of level. Yesterday is still there, on that level. Tomorrow is there too. You can visit either of them. And all Gods are there, and all the things they have ever stood for. And," he added sadly, "the opposite, too.'" (Christmas Day, p. 149). Does this describe infinity? If not, what is Will talking...

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