In Waiting for the Boat, Potter talks of a
character being reminded of "the
radiance of the religious sense of the world he had once glimpsed as a child - a
theme from which I, too, can never wholly escape". The young Philip's religion
is best illustrated in the scene where the school-teacher calls on God to point
out who defecated on her desk, God becomes the detective. In adulthood Marlow,
in pain, says "talk of the book of Job".