The Fifth Sacred Thing - Chapter 17 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 17 Summary

This is one of the key chapters in the novel, occurring at approximately the midway point. The chapter opens with the statement that "it seemed to Maya that the whole City had come to Council" (pg. 231.) The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how the City will respond to the five thousand Steward troops marching north up Highway 101. The Defense Council lists what weapons they have, which are very few. Maya tells the crowd about her visitation from the prophet Elijah who told her, "What happens to the enemy who is invited to share the feast? Does the enemy not transform? Tell your enemies this: There is a place set for you at our table, if you will choose to join us" (pg. 234.) In other words, Maya proposes the city respond with nonviolent resistance. The decision to use this tactic is controversial...

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