Power & Danger
The group’s main hardships take place when they grow older and when Petra, a new member of the telepathic group, is introduced. It is evident with Petra that she is much more powerful in terms of telepathic projection, but correspondingly, it means that the group is even more susceptible to danger.
For instance, when Petra projects her fear as she struggles in the river, it literally pulls David and Rosalind to her. However, it raises suspicion and confusion among those who witness such a strange occurrence, because they did not hear anything. In particular, when Petra’s pony is attacked in the forest and she projects her fear thoughts, it pulls the entire telepathic group to the scene.
Unfortunately, Jerome Skinner happens upon them before they could disperse and asks many questions on suspicion, wondering how the group could have arrived in one spot, not hearing any cries himself. Unable to convince Jerome Skinner, he remains suspicious.
To make matters even more difficult, Anne, a member of the group, plans to marry a norm, Alan Ervin. The group knows that she is making a mistake, but are unsuccessful in convincing her to change her mind. For, Alan is one who informs the inspector about any deviants, as in the case of Sophie. Therefore, if Anne makes any slips, Alan would be quick to respond. Soon, suspicion grows to such an extent that an informant for the inspector, Joe Darley, begins asking questions about David and Rosalind. At this point, Michael, the leader of the telepaths, begins to discuss courses of action the group should take to escape, would the need arise. It is not until the capture of Sally and Katherine of the telepathic group that Michael’s plan come into play. From here on in, David, Rosalind, and Petra flee for their safety, from Waknuk to the Fringes, where they persevere to overcome their difficulties.