By John Irving
i'm doomed to recollect a boy with a wrecked voice—not due to his voice, or simply because he was once the smallest individual I ever knew, or perhaps simply because he used to be the device of my mother's loss of life, yet simply because he's the explanation i feel in God; i'm a Christian as a result of Owen Meany.
in the summertime of 1953, eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are enjoying in a bit League 3-hitter in Gravesend, New Hampshire. one of many boys hits a nasty ball that kills the opposite boy's mom. The boy who hits the ball doesn't think in injuries; Owen Meany believes he's God's device. What occurs to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is awesome.
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My mother handed me over to the Mother Superior, gave me her hand to kiss, and then left. So I found myself in another convent as a postulant, to all intents and purposes of my own free will. But you, Monsieur, knowing everything that has happened up to this point, what do you think? Most of these things were not put forward when I wanted to renounce my vows, some because they were true but unproved, others because they would have made me look odious and would not have helped my case: I would have been seen as an unnatural child who was blackening the memory of her parents in order to obtain her freedom.
The servant girl took this note to my mother. She came back to my room a little later and told me excitedly: ‘Mademoiselle, since you only needed to say one word to ensure your own happiness and that of your father and mother, why have you put it oﬀ for so long? ’ As she was speaking, I began to suspect that I had just signed my own death warrant. And that suspicion will come true, Monsieur, if you forsake me. A few days went by without my hearing anything. But one morning, at about nine o’clock, my door opened suddenly.
How it makes her cheeks stand out! ’ I hardly heard a word they were saying, I felt so wretched. But I must admit that, when I was alone in my cell, I remembered the fulsome things they said. I could not resist looking in my little mirror to see if what they had said was true, and it seemed to me that their ﬂattery was not wholly without foundation. This is meant to be a day of great honour, and the point was emphasized for my beneﬁt, but I was almost oblivious. People pretended to disbelieve me and said so, but it was clear that it was not so.
A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel by John Irving