Robyn and Ptolemy Grey complete one another physically and spiritually. Without Robyn, Ptolemy Grey's life might have been shortened. Without Ptolemy Grey, Robyn's life would have been meaningless and dark. It is amazing how these two people healed one another emotionally. Although he is very old most of the time Ptolemy Grey's mind is clear especially after medical help from the devil. Ptolemy Grey is able to see beneath the surface of life. "I was a chore that he did every couple'a days. That's what old people turn into, chores for the young."
Ptolemy Grey lived a long, good life. As far as health, he suffered. As he would say his mind fell in on itself like an old barn. He also suffered pain too. Still, he never gave up. He kept walking and caring for other people. Then, at the end he remembered the past more than any tomorrows. Walter Mosley has shaped an old man's life. I think he accomplished quite a feat. In this novel there are no rocking chairs. There is only an elderly man who lived up to his name. He lived like a warrior, a conqueror. He carried the royal name Ptolemy Grey well. Rest peacefully, Mr. Ptolemy Grey. Walter Mosley