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Historical figures have directed the quest as Mary Queen of Scots went to her death affirming her Catholic faith. 22 Robert the Bruce led Scotland in the quest to free his country from British rule, trusting God to direct him ), 23 but it the author’s life that resoundingly defines courage, with the same complexity that her characters demonstrated. Cat McPhie’s refusal to be delegated to the traditional role of a tinker woman forced tenacious, and sometimes dangerous, stances to find herself. 24 Cat’ s defiance was derived from a gift of intuitively knowing the future, a deep connectedness to God and nature, and a strong sense of self. The reader is invited into the world of the tinker where the rules are unconventional but consistently value the fact that ―every life 18 Hunter, Mollie, The Pied Piper Syndrome (New York: HarperCollins, 1992): xvi. 19 Hunter, Mollie, The Pied Piper Syndrome (New York: Harper Collins, 1992): xvi. 20 Hunter, Mollie, The Stronghold ( New York: Harper & Row, 1974). 21 Hunter, Mollie, The Stronghold (New York: Harper & Row, 1974): 204. 22 Hunter, Mollie, You Never Knew Her As I Did (New York: Harper & Row, 1981). 23 Hunter, Mollie, The King’s Swift Rider (New York, Harper & Row, 2000). 24 Hunter, Mollie, Cat Herself (New York: Harper & Row, 1985).
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Forum on Public Policy 9 has its own importance‖. 25 Cat wants to be true to herself, emulate her father, and be accepted. Straddling gender roles and remaining fully feminine is a challenge. Cat McPhie is a strong protagonist developing into an independent, open-minded woman. The courage she displays is noteworthy. The delineation that differentiates Mollie Hunter from her characters that defy tradition for the sake of God, politics, family, country, love…is difficult to identify. A Sound of Chariots Mollie Hunter’s journey has been one of challenges which have been met with heroic valor. The death of her beloved father redefined life for the then nine year old child and her odyssey has always been shaped by that devastating loss. The economic demands on the family were intensified following her father’s death, and Mollie’s mother was forced to take in boarders and work as a domestic laborer. Mollie left the safety of her small village and went to work in her grandfather’s floral shop. The dream of being a writer was the intrinsic spark that kept her in night school, and the world around her became the fodder for her gift. In 1992, Mollie Hunter was presented with the Phoenix Award for A Sound of Chariots ; her acceptance speech revealed to the world that she was Bridie McShane! 26 It was a vulnerable, courageous discussion of the depression she suffered as a young mother, and the epiphany she had while hospitalized. Mollie realized that the dark cloud she was fighting was due to the fact that she had never fully grieved the death of her ―god,‖ the father who left her so prematurely.
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