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Date: Wed, 8 May 2002 09:55:58 -0800 (PDT)
From: david@slack.com (David DiGiacomo)
Subject: (urth) Re: Ardis Dahl: American Monster

>I would therefore like to suggest something else to you. Is it possible that
>what Nadan actually notices by the ignited arrack is the burn caused by his
>own laser pistol and that Ardis Dahl is the werebeast he attempts, but
>fails, to kill on the night of the first egg?

No, it's not possible, because...

>... in describing his reaction to the discovery of Ardis's
>secret, Nadan pens the following: "I now know that the thing I killed before
>Ardis's father's house is real."

If he had seen the laser burn, it would have been obvious beyond any
plausible dissociation that he had *not* killed the thing earlier in the

Then there are the "few filthy rags of clothing" - Ardis would never have
dressed that way.

>What about Ardis leads him to conclude that the thing he "killed" is genuine?

I'm not sure, but I think he would have noticed a "blunt muzzle".


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