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Interwoven with light and shadows Robertson Daviess Fifth Business is penetrated with fantastical elements that rub uneasily against feelings of guilt A snowball thrown by young Boy Staunton misses Dunstan and hits Mary Dempster causing the premature birth of Paul and the insanity of Mary Guilt ensues and threatens to envelop Dunstable Dunny and Dunstan One is his name by birth the other a pet name and the third his true name upon being born again With so many identities Dunstan struggles to understand his role as fifth business and to learn to untie himself from his burden of guilt Conventional religion may confine Dunstan Ramsays spiritual growth but it lays a firm foundation for him to mature Myth finds a place in the heart of Dunstan and teaches him to grow Magic is the escape of yore that Dunstan seeks and successfully rediscovers Religion myth and magic are intertwined in Dunstan Ramsays life crucial for the completion of Ramsay as a person through the wonder they inspire Dunstan Ramsays family especially Dunstans authoritative mother is the essence of Scottish Presbyterianism in Dunstans life The Scots are the paragons of common sense and prudence they are not allowed the usual failings normally associated with the human condition1 and Dunstan is indeed acutely aware of any shortcomings he might have Though Dunstan declares that the Scottish practicality that he has imitated from his parents is not really in grain with him2 the chilly Presbyterian ethos3 remain When he dodges Percy Boyd Stauntons snowball and it hits Mary Dempster which causes the premature birth of Paul and the madness of Mary Dunstan is tortured by guilt for he is a Presbyterian child and he knows a good deal about damnation4 While saying prayers at home Dunstan learns that a respectful salute to Providence before breakfast is enough for anybody5 Such organized religion does not aid ones spiritual growth but contricts ones creative soul Like a good
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