| Quote #4
"Praise the Lord," they sighed, "he's ours!" (8)
The villagers are united in claiming the drowned man collectively,
| Quote #5
At the final moment it pained them to return him to the waters as an orphan and they chose a father and mother from among the best people, and aunts and uncles and cousins, so that through him all the inhabitants of the village became kinsmen. (12)
This is a key line in the story. The drowned man demonstrates that mythology has the ability to bring together a society through common beliefs and hopes.