Wrath and Patience


I have been reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ for three days now, and have read just under 150 pages.  I am impressed that Ken Follett has made the story so readable, considering its basis in England during the 1100’s and its focus on architecture.  Some words used go over my head, but Ken does well in making sure that does not stop your enjoyment in reading.  148 pages down, 928 left to read…  yikes!



1) (n) Strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; ire.

2) (n) Vengeance or punishment as the consequence of anger.

This will definitely be filled out by a man, as it is an emotion commonly associated to the hulking warrior who has been wronged.  A handful of people will know the character I speak of.  This emotion is usually based in a past event.  The spin I look to place on it is that the character understands why things are the way they are, but they do not accept it because of the emotionally crippling loss they have experienced.  This character will be the quintessential ‘tortured soul’ of the story.

From your viewing or reading, is there a particular type of character representing this emotion/vice that you do not like?  Something that seems standard but completely unrealistic?



1) (n) The quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.

2) (n) An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.

3) (n) Quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence.

 This virtue is interesting for its duality, as it can be used for good or bad.  The number three definition is interesting, as it relates almost directly to Diligence, which in itself is another of the Heavenly Virtues.

One of the things I hope to establish in the story is that the characters representing each pairing essentially start in the middle of the slider (thanks Nicolite!), and establish a realistic event, or series of events, that push them to the vice or virtue side… but there can be some seesawing along the way 😉

To those who read my short story ‘Mune and Mura’, you may find some aspects of this ‘Path of’ character that are recogniseable =)

Do you see this virtue as ‘pure’, or one that can be corrupted and used for evil?


4 thoughts on “Wrath and Patience

  1. I’m really looking forward to reading more of PoP. Maybe when you put it back up again, you could do a sort of “Intermission” like thing to help everyone remember what happened last, since it has been some time? Can’t wait!

    • As mentioned, I am split between Chapters 3 and 7 at the moment. When I have completed the draft of Chapter 3, I will send through to you for a read through.

      The “Intermission” idea will likely be kept to the short stories. The flow in PoP (and the future books) will be a steady pace, and not require large jumps in time as ‘Mune and Mura’ did. The first five chapters of PoP will cover around 5-7 days, and scene times will lengthen out from then on. I do know scenes in Chapters 11-15 will need to be longer, as a trip that is the hub of this section will take two weeks of story time.

      Thank you for your enthusiasm =)

  2. The virtue of patience makes me think of Mune. Hmm, I can’t think of how patience can be used for bad, but now you’ve got me thinking…. On its own, I don’t know if patience is bad, but a bad person with patience could be extra dangerous.

    • “…a bad person with patience could be extra dangerous.”

      You hit the nail on the head =)

      I am considering double turns throughout the story, such as a good character being corrupted or a bad character learning the folly of their ways. Just need to find ways to make it believable.

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