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Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2002 12:41:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jerry Friedman 
Subject: Re: (urth) Re: Digest from  urth@urth.net

--- David Duffy  wrote:
> Having reread 5HC after reading all your insightful comments:
> VRT's father is deft enough to have made the arrowheads [viz Peace BTW],
> but says his son could not have knapped them.  That would be congruent
> with the interpretation that only Victor's mother is full-blood.  
> I think that the reading that Marsch killed Victor in a fit of jealousy
> and took over his identity through guilt is perfectly consistent with
> every detail folks have brought up.  Then, the "story" is a simple ;)
> psychodrama and the details such as Poictesme, Lemuria et are whimsies
> on his part.

Very tempting--sort of "Fondly Fahrenheit"-ish--but I think you have
to assume that afterwards Marsch revised his journals, at least to say
that Victor has unusual green eyes, which Number Five tells us that
John V. Marsch has too.  Of course, Marsch could conceivably have made
that revision, even in his former handwriting.  Then the officer who
reads the journals could fail to notice that that part of the sentence
had been added in the margin or whatever, or the italicized narration
could fail to mention that he noticed.  Hardly seems fair on Wolfe's
part, though.  I think there are some other correspondences between
Marsch's descriptions of Victor and our later knowledge of John V.
Marsch, but I can't remember any.

Jerry Friedman

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