French, Marsha Ellen
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In a novel about journeys, the literary journey of Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain encompasses all. As the two main characters, Ada and Inman, journey towards home and emotional openness and away from their respective pasts, they also journey towards a deeper relationship with books, and thus words, symbols, and composition. Through reading William Bartram's Travels, Inman gains guidance on his dangerous path. By trading her classical Charleston education for natural study, Ada gains independence and builds a relationship with her new home. Ultimately, these literary journeys pervade every aspect of the characters' lives as they transcend texts to mystically experience words, each other, and Cold Mountain itself.