“There was the Shinning Man, visible again at the foot of his bed, but not shinning no more. Now Al Junior realized that he knew this man. It was Lolla-Wossiky, that one-eyed whiskey-red who got himself baptized a few days ago.”
Alvin’s vision employs fantasy in that the Shinning Man is in fact ethereal in some ways, but then Alvin realizes that the Shinning Man is Lolla-Wossiky. The fantastical elements of the novel made the story more confusing in my opinion; it was often difficult to understand what Card was trying to convey. Alvin Junior has a moment of clarity in the same section; he realizes what his ability is to be used for, and why his previous use of it was wrong.
“So Alvin made the most solemn promise of his whole life, right then and there…. ‘I’ll never use it for myself again.’”The line shows Alvin finding maturity where it once was vacant; he decides that his ability isn’t for his selfish purpose of revenge, but rather as Lolla-Wossiky says, “to make things whole.” This sudden moment of knowledge marks a new section in Alvin’s life, and his coming of age.