fireflydances wrote: With regard to Ivan and why he is who he is at the end of the book, I still find myself wondering. His degree of unease, of downright sickness. Why is that? Obviously understanding the Master is at peace helps him, but why does he remain in such great turmoil?
I think it might be because he refuses to acknowledge what his subconscious knows to be true. He was witness to the 7th proof after all, but rather than embracing it, he has accepted the rational explanations of what happened. I think he is battling his own fear, his own cowardice.