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From: "Robert Borski" <rborski@coredcs.com>
Subject: (whorl) Re: Babbie
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 1999 15:18:46 

> There is a mystery here, as well, or part of one. When Seawrack vanishes
> from Horn's boat, he begins to doubt that she was ever really there. To
> determine if she was real, he turns to Babbie. "I questioned him then,
> from his answers knew that the young woman I had seen had been real." The
> mystery is, just how intelligent does Horn think Babbie is? He often
> about him as if he were an animal, albeit highly intelligent, but here
> seems to regard Babbie as having an almost human ability to communicate
> (unless this "conversation" was actually a hallucination).

Given that "Babbie" does mean "baby" (OED), and that he can "talk," could
this be punster Wolfe's tip of the hat to the wonderful "Babe" movie of
several years ago, with its titular talking pig? Hus do appear rather
porcine, if octuple-legged. And what, given the Circe/Mucor connection,
might be the connection between Babbie and blind Pig, the likes of whom we
have yet to meet? (I don't trust Wolfe's use of the word "must" when, in
describing how Seawrack and Babbie may have eventually returned to Pajarocu
in a fixed boat, he has Horn write: "They must have arrived much too late
[to see the lander take off], if indeed they arrived at all.")

Lastly: has anyone ever figured out the etymology of "hus"?

Robert Borski 

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