David’s uncle; knows about David’s ability; broad-minded and philosophical; acts as protector of David during the latter’s youth; functions as mouthpiece to express the author’s opinions. Rosalind- David’s half-cousin and sweetheart; flees with him to the Fringes. Anne- Only member of the group to violate its solidarity; marries a “norm”; commits suicide. Joseph Strorm – David’s father; champion of purity in all forms of life; leading figure in Waknuk.
Spiderman- The older brother of Joseph Strorm; deprived of his rights as a boy because of deviational developments in his arms and legs; lives in the Fringes. Old Jacob- Keeper at the Strorm farm; ultra conservative believer in Waknuk’s religion. Rachel- Anne’s sister; loyal to the group. Alan Ervin- Anne’s husband; had reported Sophie Wender and planned to blackmail the members of the group; dies a violent death.
Aunt Harriet- Emily’s sister; gives birth to a slightly deviate infant and, after failing to conceal it, commits suicide with the baby.
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Mary Wender- Sophie’s mom; because they concealed Sophie, they, too, were banished. Inspector- Responsible for purity in Waknuk; carries authority of the government in Rigo; a reasonable man, but not intelligent enough to think his way past the limits of his job. Terms: Fringes: The fringes are the home land for people who are mutants, in the fringes many people are starving and all of them are sterilized.
Sealand: this is the place that was in David’s dream. Blasphemy – the act or offence of god. Tribulation – great suffering or trouble. Offence – a violation or breach of a law. Waknuk – a society that is based on religious views, and prejudice views. Old People – A society before the Walnuk society, the old people had inventions that are used in our times. Nicholson’s Repentances – Is the book that the Walnuk society used to survive, this taught them the basic ways of living.
Normalcy Certificate- is a birth paper that you must have to live in the Walnuk society, also without this piece of information you cannot travel. Wild Country- is area that is full of mutated animals, majority of the landform is wooded, and radiation percentages are higher. Blacklands – High percent of radiation in that area, virtually impossible to live on, if you go there and survive you will eventually end up dying. Soft Science Fiction- are fiction books that are based on mild scientific applications. Chrysalid- a hard outer shell of an insect.