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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: RE: (urth) RTTW - two points/questions
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 08:25:45 -0800

A Fool Rushes In...

> Can someone explain to me exactly what the situation with Nettle is come
> the end of RTTW?  

Yeah. She goes off with the Narrator and the others to the Whorl.

> I didn't follow this at all, despite re-reading several times. Silk-Horn 
> says (of the information imparted to him by the Red Sun Whorl Scylla) 
> "I would never have used it while Nettle was alive". How come does he 
> decide to use this information despite Nettle still being alive? Because
> he finally realises that he is Silk, and is therefore not bound by the
> same bond to Nettle?  

Ummmm... Actually, I suspect this is a reversal of what we've seen in 
several other places, the Narrator saying "Hyacinth" when Horn 
clearly(?) meant to say "Nettle." The confused Silkhorn personality
seems prone to this kind of slip.

And why would Nettle want to go off with him and Seawrack?  If
anyone can shed some light on this I'd be grateful.

Overall, I really enjoyed the books (not surprisingly since I love pretty
much everything Wolfe has written), but I still think overall I preferred
TBOTLS (I suspect I'm probably one of the few people who really love TBOTLS,
though I hope I'm wrong). I don't think TBOTNS is directly comparable, since
it is in a league of its own, somewhat. *Really* looking forward to "The
Wizard Knight"...




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