As I read, I am struck again and again by the meaning of “small island.” I think it springs up all over in different ways and suggests different interpretations. At first I was thinking that it simply referred to their place of origin, and then I began to see how it is also the island of Great Britain, which may look big to some but is actually very small in the world view. I have not completely delved into this or refined my thinking, but just thought I would throw this out as I was marching along.
By the way, am I supposed to be into the third book now???