by Michael Scott
Fate and Free Will Quotes in The Alchemyst
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"You're saying that we have no free will," Sophie asked, "that all this was meant to happen?" She shook her head. "I don't, for one minute, believe that." The very idea went against everything she believed; the idea that the future could be foretold was simply ludicrous. (21.16)
Sophie's fiery response to Flamel reminds us of Josh's response to Nick's show of magic at the beginning of the book. Both of the twins staunchly hold onto their previous beliefs when faced with something they cannot explain.
The Codex prophesies that the two that are one will come either to save or to destroy the world. (21.32)
We'll keep this thought short and sweet: now that Flamel has finally told the twins about the prophecy, we have just one question. Which twin will save the world and which twin will destroy it? Okay, two questions: do the twins have any say in the matter?
I saw what happened this morning a month ago […] I watched one thread of a possible-future. One of many. In some of the others, Hekate killed Bastet and the Morrigan slew Dee. In another, Hekate killed you, Mr. Flamel, and was in turn killed by Scathach. All versions of the future. Today I discovered which came to pass." (35.35)
So if all of these versions of the future were possible, what was it that made the real version come to pass? In other words, what prevented Hekate from killing Bastet? Why didn't the Morrigan slay Dee? Could this be where our choices come into play? Maybe many versions of the future are possible, but as we make choices, we narrow the possibilities down until there's only one left.