Neighborly. But your question shows that there's confusion I need to clean up. Originally, 'neighborly' didn't exist in the sentence.
Thanks for your reply.
This is a powerful image. The "excarnation" is intriguing, I agree. For me, though, it's too close to the "peeled from your body like flesh from bone" language (I love this, by the way). So, it's a repetitive image. Overall, the point you're making is such a true, deep statement. The simple language of the last part works so well; this is what makes me want to read more. On that note, I think the combination of excarnation and divestiture is a mouthful for a simpleton like me...but I think others might disagree. I always lean toward simple language.
I love the image and would be interested in reading your first line of the first chapter (since this is prologue) if you'd be willing to share.
You are exactly right about the repetitive image. Not sure it worked so thanks for your feedback. I've gotten mixed comments on it. Of course I'll share! Thanks for asking.
The book itself starts with an epigraph (from me - not a quote):
Narcissus was fascinated with his image in the pond, and Echo,
perhaps Echo was not fascinated with Narcissus, but with his visibility.
My name is Laura but my mother often called me Ro – the name of her younger sister.