Walter and Amy discuss Joan's pivotal transition to the Extraordinary World, which is called "Crossing the Threshold" in the Hero's Journey. Joan crosses this threshold when she leaves her village of Domremy to travel to Vaucouleurs. There, she'll need to win over the local magistrate and assemble a company of soldiers to begin her quest to rescue France.
Hosts: Walter Emerson and Amy Chase
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01:11 Enchanting Moments
07:38 Reflective Questions about mentors
10:05 Crossing the Threshold motif
10:28 The Extraordinary World as a place of transcendence
11:05 Joan's departure from Domremy
14:28 The role of Robert de Baudricourt in Vaucouleurs
18:08 Joan's "exorcism"
18:53 Joan's prophecy about the Battle of the Herrings
20:56 The Prophecy of Merlin
24:17 Joan's first supporter, Jean de Metz
25:30 The rules of chivalry
28:25 The Paladin returns!
31:08 Joan's dangerous journey to Chinon
35:22 Joan's character vs. the Paladin
38:58 Joan outwits the enemy
45:01 Joan arrives at Chinon
49:14 The Dauphin's secret
49:55 Reflective Questions
53:49 Excerpt from "First Steps, Brancaster" by Malcolm Guite
Consider the somewhat comical comparison between Joan of Arc and the Paladin. Contemplate where you stand on that continuum.
What can you change in your life and thinking to move closer to Joan's character and away from the Paladin's?
Describe the beginning of a memorable journey that you've taken. How did you prepare and what were you feeling? Excitement? Nervousness?
How did these emotions heighten your experience of the journey?
This episode: "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" by Mark Twain, Book 2: Ch. 1-5
Next episode: "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" by Mark Twain, Book 2: Ch. 6-10
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