|Sunday in the Backwoods (1858) by Thomas Faed|
By invoking Christ's death, he identifies this mission as a Christian duty. The world is bleeding with no tourniquet to stop it. Romney sees the world as wounded by the social divide that persists between the rich and poor. Romney has great compassion toward the grief-stricken, "As ministering spirits to mourners" (82). He found Marian as a "half-dead, half-live body left behind/With cankerous heart and flesh" (91-2) in need of care. To heal the "gaping wound" Romney first plans to marry Marian in a symbolic rite of social unity. Then he wants to set up phalansteries, utopian communities that eliminate many social distinctions. By disrupting the Victorian social order, Romney hopes to re-institute a society favored by God.