She was disposed rather to accuse the intolerable narrowness and the purblind conscience of the society around her: and Celia was no longer the eternal cherub, but a thorn in her spirit, a pink-and-white nullifidian
, worse than any discouraging presence in the "Pilgrim's Progress." The fad of drawing plans!
" (30) are, literally, those who have no faith (or "faith in nothing") or, as Van Sloetten writes, those who "will believe nothing but what they see" (30)
Regardless, there is an organization that I commend to those of you who, with respect to questions of atheism, theism, agnosticism, or even brightness, respond, "Why bother?" or, more explicitly, with its motto: "None of the Above," namely, the Society of Nullifidians
Thus Sir, have I given you a brief, but true Relation of our Voyage, Which I was the more willing to do, to prevent false Copies which might be spread of this nature: As for the Island of Pines it self, which caused me to Write this Relation, I suppose it is a thing so strange as will hardly be credited by some, although perhaps knowing persons, especially considering our last age being so full of Discoveries, that this Place should lie Dormant for so long a space of time; Others I know, such Nullifidians
as will believe nothing but what they see, applying that Proverb unto us, That Travelors may lye by authority.
Our president and vice president should represent all the people, not simply the Judaic-Christian tradition; and this includes Unitarians, Mormons, Buddhists, Hindus, Musilms, Sikhs, Scientologists, minifidians, nullifidians
, and just plain backsliders.
The tabloid charm of the story's visual corollary was, however, just as deceptive as it was intriguing, and was added, as the narrator, Cornelius Van Sloetten, suggests, to persuade any doubting "Nullifidians
," who "believe nothing but what they see" (30).