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November 7, 2005

Silent Chimes

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What significance does this story have that relates with the main ideas of Kit's Wilderness? Are there certain themes or symbols that overlap with our every day lives?

-Robin, Brittany, and Ryan

Posted by at November 7, 2005 4:24 PM | Kit's Wilderness


I am reminded of the subtle nuances in everyday life which - to the observant eye go unnoticed. As darkness falls, and the senses of hearing, and feeling are enhanced to compensate for lack of sight, we intuitively cling to what we know as secure/reality. However, as the story suggests - there are hints of mystery layered in our everyday lives that give meaning to possibilites that might exist elsewhere, if we are open to other worlds intersecting the material world we live and work in.

Such a reminder is found in the silent chimes story as an example of elusive possibilities....

Posted by: Mary F. Wright at November 10, 2005 10:56 AM

Both Silent Chimes and Kit's Wilderness are similar in their relation to the wilderness. We can get lost in the wilderness. It is dark, with barriers, keeping us within it. Kit gets sucked into the world of ancient people, death, and the mines in his wilderness. In Silent Chimes, the hunters are almost glued to their post. Should they leave or stay? It's getting dark, is it possible to get out? Both stories give us the feeling that we are part of this black hole. We can all get trapped in this wilderness, whether it is physically in the foliage, or in our minds.

Posted by: Sandy at November 16, 2005 4:43 PM

To me, there is a parallel between the elusive sounds of the chimes and the ancient pit children. The chimes in the wood are reminders of the element of the supernatural, as are the pit children. Silky specifically comes to mind, as the sound of windchimes seems the natural soundtrack to his flickering light-- evidence of wind and evidence of spirits.

Posted by: Randi at November 17, 2005 8:50 AM

There are several correlations you could make between the two stories. As mentioned by others above, both stories deal with a physical wilderness. The dark, scary entanglement of trees that makes ones mind conjure up the strangest of thoughts. They also both deal with the "spiritial wilderness". The unknown sounds, feelings and occurances that happen around us. Everything that is beyond the darkness and tress, that we know is there but do not know what is going on. I think our minds fear what we can not control or see, being on the defensive, thinking the worst of the unknown.

Posted by: Nate Miller at November 27, 2005 6:37 PM