II: The Case Study of the Orphan
The Allocation Of Childhood And Adulthood
For every host the experience of the A of O takes its own unique course of events. It is initiated, takes hold and becomes habitual at different stages in the life of any given host.
The A of O most commonly begins to germinate in the host at a young age and is subsequently adapted into adulthood. However there are known instances where the identification with Orphanhood lies dormant in an individual for years: a repressed desire, a projection onto others, a dream deferred.
The distinction between the experience of the child and that of the adult marks an interesting contrast. They are particularly poignant when considered in the context of the Agency of the Orphan: a phenomenon otherwise suited to bridge the opposition of these two spaces.
For the A of O to take full effect in the development of the self, it must address the stages of both childhood and adulthood in the life of the host. For each of these realms the A of O can mean very different things.