The devil and Miss Prym:
An eternal struggle between evil and good.
As he did in his most of novels, P.Coello attempts to illustrate in this distinctive work the eternal fight of the human soul between light and darkness. How can people enlightenth their spirits and prevent the attractive desires to lead them to be the confidential servant of the evil?
M… the stranger examines in his journey the nature of the soul behavior, and discovers her resistance against the bad under the attractiveness of the gold. He chooses his target carefully, a small calm village, with a tiny number of inhabitants, where he tried to awake their common eagerness toward the richness. As soon as he arrive in Viscos, he meets Miss Pryn the main character, whose characteristics and lifestyle allow her to become a suitable candidate for the stranger to reach his aim. This first meeting was in a nearby forest where he shows her the golden bars and persuades her to convince Viscos’s inhabitants to kill one of them and he would give them the gold.
After a long time of hesitation, Miss Pryn decided at last to tell the story to Viscos inhabitants, who they choose Berta as a victim to alter Viscos into wealth.
Basically, Berta is accused as a witch, due to her very weird personality. She spends all her life outside her house watching every simple movement in the village. Besides, she keeps in touch with the soul of her late husband . Despite the fact that her main role is to protect the whole village from the Devil, she is chosen as a victim. There, in my opinion the key question arises: how can the guardian soul of the village be the victim at the same time? Did the inhabitants fail in their decision?.
Undoubtedly, the main purpose of the author is to show the reader the dark side of human being especially the churchman who becomes the Devil instrument in this novel .
Finally, the light shone in a dark corner of the Miss pryn’ soul when she made the right decision against the priest= religion power, and village’s mayor=politic power, and dissuaded others to commit this brutal tragedy.