Charles Brian Orner
SOSTENUTO - A Novel

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Chapter 16

1    “And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.” - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
2    Crentino means “believer” or “faithful one” (according to popular belief, it either started as self-designation or as a militant atheist denouncement against belief in spite of the lack of or against current evidence). It is mainly used in Portuguese for a Mormon, a Scientologist, a Jehovah’s Witness or a Protestant Christian (especially those of Charismatic, Evangelical, Pentecostal or fundamentalist beliefs), as well as members of minor cults. Apart from being used as a slur against those perceived to have become members of cults, it is used in a general way to shun non-Muslims who are seen as aggressively proselitist or fundamentalist, or those non-Catholics that base their militant conservative political and ideological beliefs or prejudices against those of different religions, sexual orientations and harmless lifestyles on religious mores. Further, there is also the term crentino, fusion of crente, and cretino (cretin), that refers to the priests that have a considerable material profit with their so-called crente following.
3    Karst topography is a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks including limestone, dolomite and gypsum. It is characterized by sinkholes, caves, and underground drainage systems. Karst topography is a geological formation shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock, usually carbonate rock such as limestone, dolomite, or gypsum, but has also been documented for weathering-resistant rocks, such as quartzite, given the right conditions.
4    David Miscavige is the leader of the Church of Scientology and affiliated organizations. His title is Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center (RTC), a corporation that controls the trademarked names and symbols of Dianetics and Scientology. Miscavige was an assistant to church founder L. Ron Hubbard while a teenager. He rose to a leadership position by the early 1980s and was named Chairman of the Board of RTC in 1987. Since assuming his leadership position, Miscavige has been faced with press accounts alleging illegal and unethical practices, both personally and through his organizational management. These include reports of forced separation of family members, coercive fundraising practices, harassment of journalists and church critics, and humiliation of church staff members, including physical assaults upon them by Miscavige. Miscavige and church spokespersons deny the majority of these charges, often attacking the credibility of those who bring them.

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