| Quote #4
She says, "But in contentment I still feel
The woman continues to go back and forth over whether she prefers the Christian or pagan perspective. The pagan perspective says that there can’t be beauty without change, and there can’t be change without death. Because we are a part of nature, we can only have "our dreams and our desires" fulfilled within the cycles of nature. By this point, the woman seems almost convinced, but she’s afraid to let go of Christianity’s promise of a never-ending heaven.
| Quote #5
She hears, upon that water without sound,
A voice seems to come out of nowhere to say that Christ’s tomb is not a place where supernatural spirits hang out – it’s just the grave of a man, Jesus. The voice breaks the silence of "the water without sound," and we should probably assume that it comes from inside the woman’s mind. Does this sudden cry amount to a decision to let go of the Christian idea of heaven?