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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: RE: (urth) tools and officer
Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 15:10:14 -0700

Jerry Friedman writes:

> The officer does have the male slave (a Gene Wolfe clone, right?) draw
> the officer's dagger and cut the ropes on the package. On the other hand,
> later the officer draws his own dagger and cuts a page of V. R. T.'s 
> notebook to compare the cut with the way the first three pages have been
> removed.  The cut-out pages and the business with the slave's drawing the
> dagger both mystify me.

Assume that the officer is Annese.

Assume that the Annese not only are clumsy with tools (like knives), but are
clumsy in a particular way.

Then cutting a page himself, and comparing it to how the pages already cut 
appear, may be a way for him to determine (to, at least, his own
whether they were cut by a human or by an abo...



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