EoH: "Feathers have always weighed less than human hearts so we can safely assume that we can not interpret the image literally."
AM: The scene you describe is symbolic, and one would automatically look for explanation in the text surrounding the scene. When the text is, to say the least, ambiguous, it is most audacious to fill in the blanks. It could have a purely medical meaning.
SC: Exactly Audrey. Do we have the correct context in which to extrapolate the intended meaning? I mean, for example, is a 'thought' lighter than a feather?
The AEs regarded the heart (which they weighed) as the centre of thinking--it is within this organ that the AEs believed all thought processes took place, not the brain. So, I ask again, is a thought--good or bad--lighter than a feather? Can anyone in orthodox thinking answer such a question?