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Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 12:18:19 -0800 (PST)
From: Jerry Friedman 
Subject: RE: (urth) Meschia and Meschiane

--- Dan'l Danehy-Oakes  wrote:

> > As far as I can see, it's all tied together inextricably - just
> > say Horn is in Babbie? My only mechanistic proof (I mean, how it
> > was done) for that transfer is the presence of the huge tree at
> > the end of On blue's Waters where Horn/Silk has a vision of being
> > Babbie. 
> That isn't proof; but it is a mechanism. (I'm also agnostic about 
> your "Horn is in Babbie" theory.) I'm not clear on what this 
> hypothesis seeks to explain or why it's necessary. It certainly 
> _seems_ to me that the Narr still "contains" Horn right up to the
> end (indeed, I'm not at all convinced by the arguments some make that
> the Narr is "only" Silk after his confession-crisis).
> No, wait: I do recognize _one_ thing it _could_ explain: Marble's
> prophecy. It does not, however, explain the Narrator's comment
> on the prophecy, particularly since that comment is made _before_
> the vision of self-as-Babbie; I believe that comment implies that
> Marble's prophecy has come true in the Narrator's mind by that 
> point.

I believe the narrator says quite explicitly, shortly after
recounting the prophecy, that he (as Horn) was riding a beast with
three horns when he was died.  As Marc says, a Wolfean prophecy can
have two meanings, though.

Do we know that the unaltered Babbie has two horns, by the way?

Jerry Friedman

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