Chapters 28-30 Summary
In Chapter Twenty-eight, Burton has determined roughly the shape and course of the river throughout his travels. He awakens once again, this time near the Arctic Circle. He finds Collop there. Collop is excited to see him, and tells him that Goring is there, but Burton plans to travel up the rest of the river. Collop is disappointed that Burton is not taking more interest in his spiritual development. Burton waits outside near the river but sees something flash into existence nearby, and so runs away to hide from the Ethicals.
In Chapter Twenty-nine, Burton finds himself in a room with a dozen Ethicals. They found him through their agents and his high death count, but they cannot explain to him why he awakened in the pre-resurrection chamber. They also warn him that people can only be resurrected a certain amount of times before the process fails and the body...