Detailed Summary The Sea by Edward Bond scene VIII


It is beach. Evens is sitting there and Hollarcut comes. He carries a big stick. Evens asks him if Hollarcut wants to thrash him to death. Hollarcut seems in an aggressive mood. He does not deny. While they are talking Willy crosses from there. He informs them that the inquest is done and they found nobody guilty of anything. According to them, some people go to sea in bad weather and put the coast guard in difficulty. Evens tells him that Hollarcut had intentions to kill him. Willy advises him to move to the town for some days but he reveals that he does not care.

He tells Willy that Hollarcut believes that he, Evens, is an alien. He also tells that there must be other worlds but to visit humans doesn't worth the trip. Then Evens begins like philosopher and ends with the words that entire universe is in a continuous process of change. It kills the elements and then recreates. The world goes on like this in this universe. What amuses him most is: "All destruction is finally petty and in the end life laughs at the death." However, he admits human suffering and pain which comes during the universal nature of change: "Suffering is a universal language and everything that has a voice is human." He reveals why the draper, Hatch, is afraid: "Not of things from space, of us. We are becoming the strange visitors to this world."

He questions the production of bombs and ammunition. He sees a future when will consider themselves happy when they don't have such things. Willy asks Evens if he should stay in the town and work hard to change it, the answer is that he should go away. But he must "change the world" still. Just then Rose comes there asking Willy to come because packing is done. Willy tells her that he "came to say good bye".



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