The Prophet Setting & Symbolism

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Orphalese

The long-established, fortified seaside city in which The Prophet is set, the main setting in Orphalese is the temple, where Almustafa addresses the people and which is attended by a male and female priesthood. The town also has a thriving, bustling marketplace; stalls for a rich variety of artisans; at least one school (including an astronomical observatory); a court of law; places accommodating poets and orators; and individual homes for residents rich and poor. Around Orphalese stretch abundant fields and orchards irrigated by slow-moving streams, cut by rapid torrents and dotted with quiet ponds. It is nestled beneath the majestic hills where a hermit spends most of his time practicing asceticism. From the summit, Almustafa has meditated on life and watched for the ship that will bear him home.

The Ship

Orphalese has been awaiting the ship that will bear him home, and as he leaves he...

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