The idea of the accident as an agent of salvation recalls the exchange between Ork and the fourth priest after Ork’s conversation with Grendel. The fourth priest worries that Ork’s tendency to think in neat, closed systems of rational thought is crippling Ork. Allowing himself to stumble into a rapturous vision of the Destroyer, however, opens Ork up to fantastic, absurd, illogical possibilities. To the fourth priest, these illogical possibilities are the stuff of life. Like blood and sperm—two fluids that hold the essence of life itself—truth is messy, explosive, and unplanned. In other words, the fourth priest believes that truth is found in the accidental. Beowulf alludes to the fourth priest’s outburst when he describes how spring will burst through the dead structures of winter and “the world will burn green, sperm build again.” Grendel, for his part, understands the distinction between “chilly intellect” and “hot imagination,” but he refuses to admit that Beowulf might be right until the very end, when he himself concedes to feelings of ambivalence. Significantly, Grendel ends before we actually see Grendel take the plunge into the abyss. Instead, Grendel remains poised on the edge of the cliff—an image forever unresolved.