“Sojourner might do”
I am quite familiar with the sense of lost time. Some people are like busy bees and once they stop, they notice how life has passed them by. It can come as an achy sensation and it can sometimes make you feel heavy inside. For John Ferris this reaction, brought on by the death of his father and seeing his ex- wife Elizabeth, will possibly change his life. The character, conflict, and climax of The Sojourner is something people can relate to.
John Ferris is one lonesome guy. He lives a very transitory life and that alone has put a damper on his existence. Current events have left Ferris feeling nostalgic and quite unaware of what he is doing. He even calls Elizabeth, his ex-wife, and goes to her home. As she plays the piano for him, John Ferris’s character then unravels as numerous memories and desires come rushing back. The music is gone unfinished and then again Ferris is left with blankness in his gut. On his flight back to Paris he reminisces on the visit from the night before. Ferris’s character thinks about the life Elizabeth has and is in fact is a bit envious. He thinks about all the disarray in his life; moving constantly, having momentary loves, and the speeding flash of time.
This brings us to the conflict in John Ferris’s life. Some would think he lives a great one. He gets to travel, see the world and has the opportunity to meet many people. However, Ferris does not have something most human beings need to survive, stability and time freedom. He grew apart from his family, lost his marriage and even forgot his very own birthday! Yes, he has seen Rome, Paris, and has gone skiing in Sweden. But I am convinced John Ferris has now realized how time has passed. He would surely love to trade being a sojourner to spend moments with Jeannine and Valentin in the guignol. The climax in this story is what really starts to open John Ferris’s eyes.
Ferris is invited for dinner at Elizabeth’s home, where he meets her children and husband....