Shepherd Book often comes out with pithy statements - as in this exchange from episode 1:
As I re-watch the series I am going to look out for ways in which Inara exhibits the same sort of wisdom in what she says.
Kaylee: ‘How come you don’t care where you’re going?’
Book: ‘’Cause how you get there is the worthier part.’
Or is it wisdom?
Cynthea Masson thinks that some of the pithy sayings used by Inara ‘verge on cliché’ and rather than being full of meaning they are actually used as a way of avoiding actual conversation - ‘an aspect of verbal etiquette in which a Companion would surely be well versed’. Masson, C, ‘But she was naked! And all articulate!’ in Wilcox, R & Cochran, TR (editors), Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction on the Frontier, (London: I.B. Tauris,2008) p.20.
Could the same accusation (obviously without the reference to Companion training) be made against Shepherd Book – or against the Church/Emerging Conversation?