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From: mark millman <millman@us.ncipher.com>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Re: RTTW (SPOILERS)
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 16:15:09 

At 07:53 PM 06-02-01 -0000, Ian Smith wrote:

>> From Nacre's post:
>> "I would never have 
>> used it while Nettle was 
>> alive", confused me, 
>> Jahlee didn't kill Nettle, 
>> did she?  Didn't Nettle 
>> go with Silk and Marble?
>> [snip]
> For the most part, I agree with David 
> DiGiacomo's answers.  For the ques-
> tion above, though, I'd suggest that it's 
> another example of Horn's and Silk's 
> memories mixing.  "It" is the azoth, if 
> I recall correctly (I don't have the book 
> here to check); he says "Nettle" but 
> means, I think, Hyacinth.  Note, if you 
> will, that this error is the opposite of 
> the ones he was making at the begin-
> ning of OBW; at that time, Hyacinth's
> name often appeared when he meant 
> Nettle, but by this point, the substitu-
> tions have entirely reversed themselves."
> I checked back, and it's the method of communicating 
> with the Mother which the narrator "would never have 
> used while Nettle was alive".  At the time of reading I 
> presumed he was speaking in the past tense because he 
> was convinced he was about to die (or at least 'cease to 
> exist') and so would never get to use it.  However, 
> presumably Silk subsequently did, as Seawrack then 
> appears pretty quickly afterward.
> [snip]
> Ian

Whoops!  Thanks for the correction, Ian; and so much for 
my decaying memory.


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