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So, Lucy was in a car wreck that left her in a coma, had a "religious experience," and woke up suddenly convinced that everything she'd studied previously was the work of God?



Granted, this is (a) coming from Lloyd, and (b) exposition-dumped with basically exactly as much detail as you see above, so, okay. Still, if her book and "genetics of evil" papers represented an abrupt 180 from a previously secular worldview, I can understand a little better why (a) she went about it in a way that context indicates was off-putting and generally made her look like a looney, and (b) her colleagues turned on her. She wasn't "outed," she changed.

As for Kemp, apparently he was raised Protestant (in Ireland) and "became a Catholic priest specializing in exorcism" after the 1972 vampire incident, which means those victims most likely were his wife and daughter. One must also presume his actual career in the Catholic Church was not terribly long-lived, since they really should have figured out before he was even ordained if he was only in it for the stuff they didn't even much like to talk about by then. Especially in the early 70s, with Linda Blair and her pea soup on everybody's minds. Though I suppose keeping up appearances is among his skills. Wonder what he did to get booted? Or did he leave because they were too sane for him?

In sum: New media FTW! Lots of fun stuff to play with for a guy who had a fairly thankless role on the actual series, and interesting annotative bits & bobs to chew on.


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Aug. 6th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Kemp & Lucy Exposition Dump Videos
Apropo of nothing but Kemp, I once read a nineteenth-century horror story (that is, written in the nineteenth century) in which an Anglican country parson encountered a ghost, did his research, and went to the city to formally petition his bishop for permission to perform an exorcism. The bishop said they didn't do that sort of thing, don't be ridiculous, and the parson pointed out the exact rules that said, oh yes they did with episcopal permission. The bishop finally gave in and gave the protagonist his permission, but made him keep it a secret, lest people get dangerous ideas.

I found it very interesting that the author of the story went to the trouble to include that getting-permission bit, when of course the selling point of the story was the pretty, ill-used ghost. It was important to the author to make the plot feasible in the present day, to bring it closer than custom allows without breaking custom.

In other news: Lucy, car accident, road to Damascus? Um. Okay, I guess. That isn't terribly interesting, though. Huh. (So her faith is potentially the result of brain damage, is that what's being suggested?)
Aug. 7th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC)
Re: Kemp & Lucy Exposition Dump Videos
(So her faith is potentially the result of brain damage, is that what's being suggested?)

Maybe? I choose to believe that the strange form it took and the holes in her logic are, not the faith itself. But it's highly unsatisfactory, and I find myself wishing for a more reliable informant than Lloyd.

Very interesting about that story. It would be very important to that author's audience, of course, with the assumptions prevalent at the time about what was proper and Christian. There is no longer any such common frame of reference in Britain, and British writers seem to flounder in dealing with it, if possible, even more than their American counterparts.
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