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The Paladin Prophecy What's Up With the Epigraph?

By Mark Frost

What's Up With the Epigraph?

Every crime is punished,
Every virtue rewarded,
Every wrong redressed,
In silence and certainty.
                — Ralph Waldo Emerson

What's up with the epigraph?

This text sounds like something from a political candidate's stump speech, but it actually comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Compensation." This is how Emerson views the universe, as a utopia of sorts. Dan McBride, in Paladin Prophecy, teaches a course on Emerson, so perhaps he, too, wants to guide the students of the Center to building their own utopia.

Now, how will they go about doing that? That's the question.