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Saint Joan

Saint Joan

by George Bernard Shaw

Versions of Reality Quotes Page 2

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #4

THE CHAPLAIN: "This woman had her throat pierced by an English arrow, […] It was a death wound; yet she fought all day; […] the bridge […] immediately burst into flames and crumbled." (4.54)

We wonder if the Chaplain's account of Joan's "miracles" might be an exaggerated version of reality.

Quote #5

JOAN: "It is in the bells I hear my voices. […] where they come from a distance through the quiet of the countryside." (5.18)

Could it be that Joan's voices, though inspired by faith, are really products of her own contemplations?

Quote #6

JOAN: "I have to find reasons for you, because you do not believe in my voices. But the voices come first; and I find the reasons after." (5. 20)

Does it really matter where her voices come from as long what they tell her to do makes sense?