The Sheltering Sky Themes

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Fear and Regret

Both Kit and Port Moresby are driven largely by the duel catalysts of fear and regret, and these impulsions drive them to catastrophe. For Port, a fear that his marriage is dissolving sends him into flight to the least hospitable regions of the Sahara. For Kit, a fear of some unnamed doom combined with guilt over her one-time infidelity with Tunner sends her spiraling into madness.

Port is a man of incredible control. This excursion into Africa was his devising. He chooses the route, and he determines when it is time to leave one place for another. Port loves Kit, but after ten years he is inclined to cheat, as he does in Oman with Marhnia and tries to in Ain Krorfa with the blind dancer. He longs for something outside of this life, but the only happiness he feels is in sharing his adventures with...

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