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   | name          =  The Chrysalids
 
   | name          =  The Chrysalids
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   | author        =  John Wyndham
 
   | author        =  John Wyndham
 
   | country        =  United Kingdom
 
   | country        =  United Kingdom
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   | publisher      =  Penguin
 
   | publisher      =  Penguin
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   | release_date  =  1955
 
   | media_type    =  Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
 
   | media_type    =  Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
 
   | pages          =  208
 
   | pages          =  208
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''John Wyndham ''
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== John Wyndham ==
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Imagine living in a world where an extra toe on a newborn will automatically result in the death of the baby, a pig with more hair than normal will be put down, and corn kernels that are not in perfectly formed rows will necessitate burning an entire field.  This world exists in John Wyndham’s novel, ''The Chrysalids''.   
 
Imagine living in a world where an extra toe on a newborn will automatically result in the death of the baby, a pig with more hair than normal will be put down, and corn kernels that are not in perfectly formed rows will necessitate burning an entire field.  This world exists in John Wyndham’s novel, ''The Chrysalids''.   
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==="Sealand"===
 
==="Sealand"===
New Zealand, which was isolated enough to largely escape the holocaust.  Advanced industrial civilisation has arisen here again, and telepathy has become universal among the populace. Zealanders were unaware of the distant Labrador civilisation, until one of their strongest telepaths picked up Petra Strorm's prodidgious thought transmissions.  (The letter Z has been forgotten in Zealand, causing David and Rosalind to mispronounce the name Zealand).
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New Zealand, which was isolated enough to largely escape the holocaust.  Advanced industrial civilisation has arisen here again, and telepathy has become universal among the populace. Zealanders were unaware of the distant Labrador civilisation, until one of their strongest telepaths picked up Petra Strorm's prodidgious thought transmissions.  (The letter Z has been forgotten in Labrador, causing David and Rosalind to mispronounce the name Zealand).
  
 
==Chapter Summaries==
 
==Chapter Summaries==
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===Chapter 8 ===
 
===Chapter 8 ===
After having heard of Harriet’s death, she is mentioned in the evening prayer but never again. She is literally wiped from knowledge. It is implied that her death was a suicide. Scared by the recent turn in events, David develops and intense desires to become normal and never be in a position like his aunt. He begins to pray constantly to lose his ability. On one particular morning, his Uncle Axle calls him out to help him fix a plough.
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After having heard of Harriet’s death, she is mentioned in the evening prayer but never again. She is literally wiped from knowledge. It is implied that her death was a suicide. Scared by the recent turn of events, David develops an intense desire to become normal and never be in a position like his aunt. He begins to pray constantly to lose his ability. On one particular morning, his Uncle Axel calls him out to help him fix a plough.
 
David confides his fears associated with the death of Harriet, however, his uncle reassures him and helps him find reason and acceptance of his ability. They move on to the case at hand and Uncle Axel reveals that the boy whom David and the others have lost contact with was unfortunately killed while cutting timber and was the victim of a crashing tree. David shares this discovery with the other people whom he can communicate with. We become aware of them each specifically.
 
David confides his fears associated with the death of Harriet, however, his uncle reassures him and helps him find reason and acceptance of his ability. They move on to the case at hand and Uncle Axel reveals that the boy whom David and the others have lost contact with was unfortunately killed while cutting timber and was the victim of a crashing tree. David shares this discovery with the other people whom he can communicate with. We become aware of them each specifically.
  
 
 
*Michael
 
*Michael
 
*Sally
 
*Sally
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*Rosalind
 
*Rosalind
 
*David
 
*David
 
  
We learn that Michael goes to school in a different area and learns things that the rest of the children do not. He shares his learning’s with the others and they all seem to profit somewhat from this. A sense of functional unity is found for roughly half 6 until a 9th person is suddenly revealed.
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We learn that Michael goes to school in a different area and learns things that the rest of the children do not. He is able to pass on the others what he is being taught and they in turn help him with his lessons. A sense of functional unity is found for the next six years until a 9th person is suddenly revealed.
  
 
===Chapter 9 ===
 
===Chapter 9 ===
6 years after the death of Harriet, David is one day working out in the fields and he suddenly feels an unstoppable need to run, his force seems urgent and unlike anything he has ever felt before. The mental cries are painful and persistent and continue until he reaches a river where his youngest sister Petra is about to drown. He successfully saves her and Rosaline also arrives. She also felt the cries and states that the calling was stronger than anything any of them are capable of. Upon their return they are questioned by surrounding people asking how they could have possibly known what had happened to Petra. They casually state that her cries of distress were perfectly audible to anyone and that they are surprised no one had heard them. That night, David has terrible dreams of a purging ceremony where the deviation to be killed this time is not a crop or animal or even Sophie but David sees his sister Petra at the hands of her father. The next morning David desperately tries to contact his sister through thought shapes but is unable to. He attributes this to her being so young and unaware of her ability and convinced that the only reason that she was able to make such a cry of distress was because she was in a position of such intense danger. David considers openly telling her but decides against it because it would only make him more vulnerable to discovery and that he could tell her when she is older. This recent development is still very unsettling. David has felt a sense of impending misfortune for some time now. He refers to last year when there was an uncommonly high deviation level his father alone had lost 3 fields as had Angus Morton a persistent rival of Joseph’s. It is said that there were a total of 35 field burnings due to Deviations. David recalls getting an earful from Old Jacob a villager who has seen his share of years. Old Jacob attributes this recent hike in imperfections to corruption in government and carelessness of the youth. He believes that the changes are the early beginnings of a new age Tribulation. This heightens David’s self-awareness and intensifies the need to be secretive the logic being that with things going wrong, people will have a keep eye for scapegoats for imperfection. This anxiety is slowly abated over time until they discover that Anne, one of the people who can send thought shapes like David, is getting married
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Six years after the death of Harriet, David is one day working out in the fields and he suddenly feels an unstoppable need to run, urgent and unlike anything he has ever felt before. The mental cries are painful and persistent and continue until he reaches a river where his youngest sister Petra is about to drown. He successfully saves her and Rosalind also arrives. She also felt the cries and states that the calling was stronger than anything any of them are capable of. Upon their return they are questioned by surrounding people asking how they could have possibly known what had happened to Petra. They claim that her cries of distress were perfectly audible to anyone and that they are surprised no one had heard them. That night, David has terrible dreams of a purging ceremony where the deviation to be killed this time is not a crop or animal or even Sophie but David sees his sister Petra at the hands of her father. The next morning David desperately tries to contact his sister through thought shapes but is unable to. He attributes this to her being so young and unaware of her ability and convinced that the only reason that she was able to make such a cry of distress was because she was in a position of such intense danger. David considers openly telling her but decides against it because it would only make him more vulnerable to discovery and that he could tell her when she is older. This recent development is still very unsettling. David has felt a sense of impending misfortune for some time now. He refers to last year when there was an uncommonly high deviation level his father alone had lost 3 fields as had Angus Morton a persistent rival of Joseph’s. It is said that there were a total of 35 field burnings due to Deviations. David recalls getting an earful from Old Jacob a villager who has seen his share of years. Old Jacob attributes this recent hike in imperfections to corruption in government and carelessness of the youth. He believes that the changes are the early beginnings of a new age Tribulation. This heightens David’s self-awareness and intensifies the need to be secretive the logic being that with things going wrong, people will have a keep eye for scapegoats for imperfection. This anxiety is slowly abated over time until they discover that Anne, one of the people who can send thought shapes like David, plans to marry.
  
 
===Chapter 10 ===
 
===Chapter 10 ===
The man Anne is to wed is not only a person of the norm but he also happens to be Allan the son of the local blacksmith. The same Allan who discovered Sophie Wender’s secret during childhood. At first people of the group did not waste time worrying about this because they doubted the realization of the married because of the social differences between their families. Their states rapidly change when the engagement is formally recognized. Despite the vivid warnings against this union, Anne is determined and goes as far as blocking the others out. The remaining people of the group are understandably uneasy being aware of the vulnerability and submissiveness a bride can incarnate and the reputation of Allan based of previous acts. David shares this dilemma with Uncle Axle and he strongly agrees with where David stands. He even suggests that it way even be worth killing Anne to protect their secret. David however refuses this option. Once Anne is officially wed, she severs any ties with everyone else who share the gift of thought-shapes. During this, feelings between Rosaline and David blossom and they discover true love. However, since Rosaline is the Son of Angus Morton, there is some familial rivalry, which complicates their love causing them to remain secretive of their bond.
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The man Anne is to wed is not only a person of the norm but the son of the local blacksmith - the same Allan who discovered Sophie Wender’s secret during childhood. At first the group take the proposed marriage seriously because of the social difference between the two families. However, the engagement is formally recognized. Despite vivid warnings against this union, Anne is determined and goes so far as blocking the others out. The remaining people of the group are understandably uneasy being aware of the vulnerability and submissiveness a bride can incarnate and the reputation of Allan based of previous acts. David shares this dilemma with Uncle Axel and he strongly agrees with where David stands. He even suggests that it way even be worth killing Anne to protect their secret. David however refuses this option. Once Anne is officially wed, she severs any ties with everyone else who share the gift of thought-shapes. During this, feelings between Rosalind and David blossom and they discover true love. However, since Rosalind is the daughter of Angus Morton, there is some familial rivalry, which complicates their love causing them to remain secretive of their bond.
A mere 6 months after Anne’s marriage to Allan, he is found dead in a forest with an arrow through his neck David and the group simultaneously attempt to reach out to Anne who is convinced that they had something to do with Allan’s death. The next day, Rachel part of the group and also Anne’ sister tries to confront her by presenting herself to her door but to no reply. Alarmed, Rachel reaches the neighbor and they break into the home only to find Anne Hanging from a beam with a rope around her neck. By her corpse, there is a letter addressed to the inspector the neighbor finds but since she is unable to read, she assumes it is addressed to the deceased girls family. Rachel opens the letter and finds that it denounces each and every one of the people who are able to send thought shapes. The letter is destroyed. However tragic the means to an end; the tension breaks. The murder of Allan still remains unsolved. Gossip plagues Waknuk but no one is unanimously suspected.
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A mere 6 months after Anne’s marriage to Allan, he is found dead in a forest with an arrow through his neck. David and the group simultaneously attempt to reach out to Anne who is convinced that they had something to do with Allan’s death. The next day, Rachel part of the group and also Anne's sister, tries to confront her, but Anne does not answer her door. Alarmed, Rachel reaches the neighbor and they break into the house to find that Anne has hanged herself. By her corpse, there is a letter addressed to the inspector the neighbor finds but since she is unable to read, she assumes it is addressed to the deceased girl's family. Rachel opens the letter and finds that it denounces all of the people who are able to send thought shapes. The letter is destroyed. However tragic the means to an end; the tension breaks. The murder of Allan still remains unsolved. Gossip plagues Waknuk but no one is unanimously suspected.
  
 
===Chapter 11 ===
 
===Chapter 11 ===
The spring following the death of Allan is relatively Deviance free there is a grand total of only 2 fields burned none of which belong to either Angus Morton or Joseph Strorm. David’s little sister Petra grows up and develops an adventurous side on one particular occasion, she ventures off into the forest on horseback she is forbidden to visit. Once again, David is suddenly summoned by a violently powerful thought shape and follows it to the source the call also drives Michael and Rosaline to do the same and they are confronted by the sight of a terrible Deviation feasting away at Petra’s pony. The Deviation is killed and Petra is rescued. All others in the group also meet in the forest having been signaled by the cry. This is the first time they all meet in person. Suddenly a Jerome Skinner who followed them in to the forest surprises them all. They manage to evade his suspicions. As a group they each a consensus that Petra’s calls, if there are more, are to be handled strictly. David and Rosaline agree to take priority and reach the problem of the others but if the calls become overwhelmingly intense, anyone who can reach Petra is to do so and make her loose consciousness immediately.
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The spring following the death of Allan is relatively Deviance free there is a grand total of only 2 fields burned none of which belong to either Angus Morton or Joseph Strorm. David’s little sister Petra grows up and develops an adventurous side on one particular occasion, she ventures off into the forest on horseback she is forbidden to visit. Once again, David is suddenly summoned by a violently powerful thought shape and follows it to the source the call also drives Michael and Rosalind to do the same and they are confronted by the sight of a terrible Deviation feasting away at Petra’s pony. The Deviation is killed and Petra is rescued. All others in the group also meet in the forest having been signaled by the cry. This is the first time they all meet in person. Suddenly a Jerome Skinner who followed them in to the forest surprises them all. They manage to evade his suspicions. As a group they each a consensus that Petra’s calls, if there are more, are to be handled strictly. David and Rosalind agree to take responsibility for responding, but if the calls become overwhelmingly intense, anyone who can reach Petra is to do so and make her lose consciousness immediately.
After the incident, David makes another attempt to teach his sister thought shapes and help her control her power. She reveals that she is able to hear people further away that David cannot. David returns to Uncle Axle who tells David that he is getting sloppy and that people are suspecting things. He mentions Joe Darley. He concedes to having killed Allan because he knew that Anne had told him everything and that at the time he was killed he was on his way to tell the Inspector. When asked about Jerome Skinner, Uncle Axle says he will find out whom he is. When David confers with the others, Michael suggests that they should all be on their guard and be ready to leave on short notice if things go wrong.
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After the incident, David makes another attempt to teach his sister thought shapes and help her control her power. She reveals that she is able to hear people further away that David cannot. David returns to Uncle Axel who asks David if he's been careless and speculates that people are suspecting things. He mentions Joe Darley. He concedes to having killed Allan because he knew that Anne had told him everything and that at the time he was killed he was on his way to tell the Inspector. When asked about Jerome Skinner, Uncle Axel says he will find out who he is. When David confers with the others, Michael suggests that they should all be on their guard and be ready to leave on short notice if things go wrong.
  
 
===Chapter 12 ===
 
===Chapter 12 ===
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
* [http://www.enotes.com/chrysalids-salem/chrysalids The Chrysalids Summary]
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* [http://www.enotes.com/topics/chrysalids The Chrysalids Summary]
  
 
==Keywords==
 
==Keywords==

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