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Chapter 5, in contrast to chapter 3, explores the “reterritorialization” of the celestial city. In this scenario, the city is not as a physical place, but rather as an index of becoming, a perfected recollection and transformed memory that allows any place to manifest the attributes of the heavenly city. The complimentary pairing of deterritorialization and reterritorialization arises in relation to the medieval meditational art of memory (mnêmê theou) involved in the deconstruction of an image, followed upon by an active reassembly of that image within a new compositional site, a new place. From here the chapter explores aspects of “dwelling” as theorized by Emmanuel Levinas and Gilles Deleuze, showing the relationship between the contemplation of an emergent world and the event of dwelling, and then considers medieval drama as the dwelling place of the event of the soul’s return. Musically, the reterritorialization is realized both is the drama’s symmetrical form, a perfected, mirrored, and redeemed version of the distensions experienced in Part I, bringing the cycle to its completion.