The death of Calum

Calum’s Christ-like status is most obvious at his death. Early on it is apparent, in Duror’s eyes, that there must be a … an agony, a crucifixion, so it is implied, that it is Calum’s fate to be destroyed by Duror.

Calum, the representation of goodness, dies after being pursued by remorseless man. Although Neil is very upset by the death of his brother, the scene is not without optimism.

Almost at the same time as the shooting, Roderick’s safety is announced, implying that one is the cause of the other. There is also a parallel drawn between the cones and Calum’s blood:

From his bag dropped a cone, and then another. There might have been more, but other drops, also singly, but faster and faster, distracted her: these were of blood.

We can infer from this association that the spilling of Calum’s blood, like the seeds, will generate new growth, a new beginning emerging from the tragic events.

When Lady Runcie-Campbell kneels down near the blood and spilt cones, weeping, there is hope that she will atone for her sins and help forge a new world by supporting her son, the important survivor of the ordeal.