In Waknuk, a Blasphemy is a human mutant, or Deviance. If any person falls outside of the definition of man as described in the Repentances, then he or she is considered a Blasphemy, and inhuman.
A small flaw that spoils the overall appearance of something.
Referring to a chrysalis, the state of an insect transforming from one state to another. As the title of the book, Chrysalid is a reference to the evolution of humanity to become people who think-together.
A system of religious belief.
Deviance / Deviation
Deviance, or Deviation, is the Waknuk term used to describe any person, animal, or plant that does not conform to their ideas of being genetically pure. Deviation is closely associated with the Devil.
One who insists upon imposing a doctrine of beliefs even in the face of practical considerations that such an imposition would adversely affect.
Fervent adherent to conventional doctrine; a devotee.
Brazen and shameless rude display of cocky self-confidence; bold impudence.
Change and adaptation over time.
Adjective describing something large or powerful that inspires fear or respect.
Associating or socializing with an existing group.
The area to the southwest of Waknuk where the land is considered to be wilder—i.e. with genetic mutations—and where the outcasts of Waknuk society live.
Unnecessary interest in something.
To an unsatisfying degree; lacking the necessary qualities to be convincing.
Keenly perceptive; trenchantly observant.
Showing lack of respect for something that is usually treated respectfully.
The Island of Newf
The Island where Labrador and Waknuk are located; Newf is geographically where the island of Newfoundland is today, in the east of Canada in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The greater civilized region where Waknuk is located, inside the Island of Newf. It was named Labrador because the Waknuk people believe that was the name the Old People used; in fact, Labrador is the Northern region of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dismal and melancholic, depressing; morose; somewho who is a real Captain Bringdown.
An Offence is a farm animal/livestock or crop that is found to be genetically mutated in some way. They are cleansed by holding Purification ritual.
The people who existed before the current civilization. The only information the current people have about the Old People is the Bible, and another religious text written by Nicholson, called the Repentances.
Hard to interpret; confusing.
A pair of baskets that can be put over the back of an animal to carry a load on both sides.
Without any sense of excitement of daring; utterly ordinary.
Agitated and troubled to the point of being disconcerted.
Disrespectful of religion.
Endowed with a sense of favorable outcome and optimistic expectation.
To create rules of prohibition; to forbid.
A project to salvage or recover.
Nicholson's Repentances is the main religious text of Waknuk, the text that Waknuk uses to define the True Image of man. Nicholson wrote the text after Tribulation, and the text was found hundreds of years after that in a stone coffer. The literal meaning is 'regret' or 'remorse'.
A holier-than-thou attitude.
Dirty and untidy, especially in relation to the appearance of a woman.
Too reticent to act; too bashful to dare; coyly flirtatious.
To disobey codes of conduct; to trespass the standards of morality.
According to Waknuk schooling, this is the event that God brought onto the “Old People” as punishment for their sinful way of living. Literally, tribulation means a cause of great trouble or suffering.
Reprehensible to the point of calling into the question the basic moral foundation at play.
The small farming community where David Strorm and his family lives.
A ghostlike image of a person; pale; thin; faint.
The Chrysalids Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The Chrysalids is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Consider Sophie. Early in the novel, David discovers that she has six toes on each foot, thus making her a mutant in their society. Nonetheless, Sophie and David become friends and share a sort of childhood love between them. She is portrayed as a...
I think David the story's protagonist is worth considering. David must navigate his very controlled and closed society to develop his own value system. He is a trustworthy and understanding person, although at times he can be lazy, as he often...