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Steel Blues -- Lewis

A lot of people messaging me about Steel Blues this week! Here's a really good reader question/discussion about Lewis. "I remember in your character sketch of Lewis that you noted him as being a devout Catholic. I was wondering in light of the events of Lost Things and Steel Blues how he works with or has resolved that issue. For one, he was married and divorced and is now remarried. Was that all done in a civil ceremony or did he go through the Church to get married? (I think it was called a Decree of Invalidity if two people were trying to get their marriage nullified?). Two, he's gone from Catholicism to being the chosen of the goddess Diana and all the things he's learned about the lodge and its members. Does this cause him any internal disconnect, has he decided there is a place for both in his life, or are his religious views changing altogether?"

Lewis definitely still feels that he's failed because he's divorced. He thinks he really didn't live up to his own ideals of commitment and that it was his failure. I think it was a bit more complicated than that. Lewis and Victoria were married in 1920, not too long after Lewis got back from the war, while he was working on oil rigs in Texas. I don't think she was evil or something, but they didn't know each other very well, and she wasn't at all what Lewis wanted in the long run, nor was he what she wanted. I think Lewis was lonely when he got home and he thought the answer was to get married. I think Victoria was getting into her mid twenties and thought she ought to get married. And that just wasn't enough. Two lonely people just doesn't cut it. She asked for the divorce after nineteen months. Lewis didn't feel like he could argue with that. After all, if he was such a failure as a husband that she wanted a divorce, how could he say she had to stay with him?

Lewis and Alma were married in a civil service at the courthouse. Mitch and Jerry were the witnesses, making it the second time Mitch had been a witness to Alma's marriage! Alma is technically Catholic too, in the sense that she was baptized in the Church but never confirmed, as her father never got around to it. Gil was Protestant, and Alma and Gil were married by an army chaplain that Mitch dug up.

Lewis definitely feels like he's not in a state of grace as far as his marriages are, but he doesn't think there's anything he can do that's not more morally wrong. It's righter to marry Alma in a civil ceremony and be as good a husband as he can now, and so that's what he's doing.

He's trying to figure out how all the pieces go together. He's mostly accepted the idea that Diana is a force for good, if a lesser one than Almighty God -- kind of like a saint. A peculiar kind of pre-Christian saint? He's got qualms about using his abilities, though. He'd kind of shied away from doing that until the end of Steel Blues, except in very special circumstances like the sigil on the plane. But since they nearly got killed because he couldn't "read his own mental handwriting" Lewis has decided he needs to get serious about learning to use his abilities. He's absolutely sure it's not wrong to use his abilities to defend his wife and friends. In Silver Bullet we'll see him trying to get a handle on things and having misgivings about some of the things he's being taught to do.

Thoughts, folks?