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g that animates love and work…‖ 17 Through the writings and the life of Mollie Hunter the heart’s longing to be connected with something bigger than self is exemplified. The philosophical underpi nnings of her prose are evident; ―Mollie 14 Hunter, Mollie, The Pied Piper Syndrome (New York: HarperCollins, 1992): 59 74. 15 Matthew, chapter 5, verse 10, Life Application Bible (Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale, 1988. 16 Matthew, chapter 5, verse 5, Life Application Bible (Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale, 1988. 17 Palmer, Parker, The Courage to Teach (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1998): 5.
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Forum on Public Policy 8 Hunter never fails to reveal herself from the moment she speaks with her slight Scottish burr and delightful lilt of language. But she always gives us so much more; she lets us see in the process of how a story ha ppens.‖ In the introduction to The Pied Piper Syndrome, Charlotte Huck points to the reoccurring themes in Mollie Hunter’s work: (1) belief in the supernatural, (2) the power of love, (3) the need for heroes, and that (4) reading expands the possibilities of the mind. 18 Mollie said that ―the whole reward of reading is to have one’s imagination carried soaring on the wings of another’s imagination; to be made more aware of the possibilities of one’s mind through the workings of another mind; to be thrilled, amazed, amused, awed, enchanted in worlds unknown until discovered through the medium of language, and to find in those worlds one’s own petty horizon growing ever wider, ever higher‖. 19 So it is through the pages of her tales that Mollie Hunter answers t he heart’s longing to connect. Ms Hunter identified her obsession with courage as an additional thread that is evident in all of her writing. Across genres she has questioned the courage of conviction. The Stronghold vividly gives life to first century Scotland and the Druid community. 20 The courage of the men to thwart a Roman invasion was defined by physical valor, but Mollie used the kaleidoscope to view it from multiple dimensions. The crippled, orphaned Coll used his keen intellect to design round towers that were impenetrable. He exhibited tremendous bravery by questioning the authority of the Druid priest. Coll’s brother, Bran, sacrificed his life to save a young girl, and in doing so, invalidated the priest’s auth ority. The physical brawn of the chief and his ability to lead men into battle was challenged by the logic of constructing defensive strongholds; the chief had the courage to listen to a young boy’s advice. The priest, proven fallible, embraced Coll and ordained him a ―discover er, one of those who can think‖ , 21 demonstrating the ability to learn from mistakes. The question of how to define courage was examined spiritually, intellectually, physically and the answers were complex and varied.
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