The Diviners: How does Morag’s Past Influence Pique’s Life
Pique is the inheritor of French-Indian and Scottish-Canadian roots. She israised her mother in Canada and England. However, her growth is affected byMorag’s life style and Morag’s past life. There are three events in Morag’s pastthat affects Pique’s life. Morag moves away from Christie when she goes to college and she rarelycomes back to Manawake, “Going to Winnipeg this fall. To college. And I’m nevercoming back.” She does not seem care for her stepparents. In certain respects theparent-child relationship between Morag and Pique resembles the one betweenChristie, the Scavenger,”You’ve never had somebody tell you mother was crazy betweenshe lived out her alone and wrote dirty books and had kooky peoplecoming out from the city to visit?” (P.446) And both, in different ways, attempt to deny their parents. At one point,Pique, having run away from home, ends up in a mental hospital in Toronto after”a bad trip”,”Can’t you see I despair you? Can’t you see I want youto go away? You aren’t my mother. I haven’t got a mother.” (P.111) Furthermore, Morag does not get married with Jules. When her husband isBrooke Skelton, she has a sexual relationship with Jules and gets pregnant.Later, Pique is aware that Jules is her father. Pique has an idea about why sheis different from the others because a typical family should have a mother and afather, but she comes from a single parent family. When Pique first meets herfather she is at about five years old. Jules sings a song to Pique which shefinds fascinating and meaningful to her. Pique, at 18, is more mature than hermother at the same age. She loves her father very much and wants to live withhim, however, Morag does not approve that Pique should stay with Jules,”Why did you have me?””For your own satisfaction, yes. You never thought of him or of me.”We are aware that Pique needs care and love from both of her parentsbecause Morag cannot fulfill Pique’s desire. She runs away in search of what shethinks she is missing all along, which she, herself is not sure what it is.Later on, she dates Dan McRaith, who is a husband of Bridie. They have aabnormal friendship between them. As we know Dan Scranton and Gord areboyfriends of Pique. It is coincidental with Morag’s boyfriend first name isalso Dan. These two individuals occurs in Morag and Pique’s life as their namesare the same.