But still, this grim prophecy, drawn by Jonasson, contains the seeds of optimism. Signy never gives up hope, even when her twin brother prefers to be beaten than to give a blow. If that little girl, symbolising our conscience, can keep hope, why can’t we? Of course, what the tale implies is that hard times will occur if we do not make a stand now. The longer we wait and the more we endure the present order, the harder and the less pleasant will be the reckoning. There is no way one can escape his fate.