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The Wine of Astonishment by Earl Lovelace In Earl Lovelaces book The Wine of Astonishment two main characters arise Bee and Bolo Bolos character is a warrior and he directs the people to the path of empowerment by way of the warrior for that is what he knows and who he is Bees character is a man of faith patience and a man of his people Bee also chooses a path of empowerment for the people of the village that is defined by his character he guides the people to the path of faith The journey in the book has both men put their characters and paths of empowerment to the test Who succeeds Patience a man of faith and a man of the people are how I describe Bees charcter in this book Bee demonstrates his patience when it is tested against Corporal Price Prince comes to the village to enforce the law against the Spiritual Baptist Bee decides it is best to practice in the manners of the Catholics and Anglican until he one day starts preaching in the original manner of the Spiritual Baptist After that vitalizing sermon he continues till Corporal Price raids the church Bee realizes that for the benefit of his people they he must wait be patient till this injustice is lifted to preach again in the Spiritual Baptist way Bee is truly a man of the people In the incident when Corporal Prince raids the church Bees first thoughts were for the people Bee tells them Brethren please dont run Please dont give them the excuse to brutalize you He knew how the police would act toward the congregation and he wanted to protect his people Bee puts the people of the village first for he is a man of the people Bee is a man of faith He puts his faith in the Spirit and the people to stay strong In continuing
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