So Bogle’s texts are not the place to look for epiphany—at least not in the sense of a single moment of revelation, not in the sense of a “regrasping-of-life scene” in which all becomes clear.i This form of epiphany did not gain prominence as a textual convention in secular texts until the mid-nineteenth century, having first been borrowed and refurbished from religious biographies and autobiographies. It is not until the 1910 account by Francis Younghusband, India and Tibet, that a full-fledged epiphany appears in a travel text on Tibet. Whereas Bogle’s texts refuse resolution-and thus skirt epiphany in the conventional sense-when epiphany appears inYounghusband’s account it serves to resolve things. And while the images of Bogle we have explored do not come together to create a unified being, epiphany as it is later expressed serves to make coherent selves.
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