Women wield a strange power over the male missionaryeven women who don't exist. Perhaps especially women who don't exist.
There's another scene in the book that addressed what I was alluding to thereat least, I thought there was. When I went looking for that scene, I couldn't find it. I had to dig way back to the second draft of the book to locate it, and now I'm not sure what possessed me to take it out. Believe me, it's going back into the latest draft.
Names, of course, have been changèd.