All are envisioned as temporary clumps of the same shimmering, morphing stuff, in which even aggressive physicality evanesces
Thus, the third element of standing evanesces
, and Cuno's lack of standing is apparent.
Men and women sing together in this paradise, and the narrative "I" evanesces
to the extent that "nothing mine will speak through my mouth.
No image of the sea is suggested; and arms, incongruous in relation to the literal sea, is not so in relation to a multitude; besides that the image of arms itself evanesces
for the same reason into resistance.
For both Katya and the community, naive innocence evanesces
into the knowledge that faith, pacific resistance, peaceful co-existence with the outside world -- foundations of colony life -- are subject to forces beyond the community's resources and even God's immediate aid.