Review: Free the Beagle - A Journey to Destinae
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 2 No. 3 (2001): Vol-2-Issue-3-March-2001
The art of the parable seems to be lost in today’s world of precise definitions and exact interpretations.
However, in Roy William’s Free the Beagle, the art is not only regained, it is glorified and taken to new
heights. The story is essentially “the textbook allegorical Hero’s journey, updated for a new
The story begins with the protagonist, a lawyer named Intellect, who is forced to take the beagle,
Intuition, on a journey to Destinae. Destinae is a far away land from which no one has ever returned,
and no one knows for sure how to get to.
The book chronicles his journey through such interesting places as the swamp of despair, where
Intellect meets up with the bandits, Worry, Fear, and Panic. After awaking from an attack from the three
bandits, Intellect realizes he must find his way out of the swamp, and realizes on the hill Epiphany, “If a
step seemed easy, he knew it was leading him downward. It was only the more difficult steps that would
take him higher.” (p. 36).