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From: "Roy C. Lackey" 
Subject: Re: (urth) time bending headache
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 15:01:18 -0500

Date: Tuesday, April 09, 2002 12:22 PM

Marc wrote:

>>On the con side of this (meaning it MIGHT just be a typo) is the following
from In Green's Jungles: "'How long has your father been gone?'
About three ... Did you hear that, sir?'" (pg 407 SFBC BOTSS, toward the end
of Chapter 19 IGJ)
How long does it take Silk to get from that point to Horn's home at last?  A
long time?  What could Hide be saying besides three years?  Why did he get
short?  Is it an important ommision?  Three months?  Three half years?
and many moons ago? Could it really be a typo about the two year business?

To answer your first question: All of the "contemporary" action of books 2&3
(as recounted by Silkhorn), and part of the contemporary action of book 1,
takes place in a single season, believe it or not. Silkhorn was back in New
Viron when he wrote:

    "Sunshine and a mild wind; winter is about over. So I pray. When it
began, I was in Gaon fighting the Man of Han; I would never have guessed
that when it ended I would be nearly home." (RTTW, 261)

By "nearly home" he means, of course, that New Viron is not Lizard. Three
"years" is the only word that makes sense in that quote. But the "nearly two
years" figure for his quest is made again on page 260. I dunno.



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