From: "Tony Ellis" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: (urth) Re: FREE LIVE FREE Date: 26 Sep 1997 16:31:28 +0100 [Posted from URTH, a mailing list about Gene Wolfe's New Sun and other works] RE>FREE LIVE FREE = 26/09/97 I've just discovered this list, which looks like a lot of fun. Half my = Wolfe books are at my old address, however, so apologies in advance if = I'm not the most frequent (or accurate) contributor. >Mr. Free tells the salesman that he hid the device "under a sign." On = the >last page, after the salesman has retrieved his son and rejoined the >others (who seem to have already been "improved" by the time machine), = the >salesman sees the sign, and it seems that Wolfe intends readers to say >"Ah-ha! That's what Mr. Free meant." It's years since I read this one from cover to cover, but I thought Free = specifically said he that hid the device "in a wall" (although he = certainly spoke of putting it under a sign as well). The way I remember = the ending, it is this "in a wall" reference that Osgood recalls when he = comes across the others, and the "Ah-ha" moment is when we realise that = this means that the time machine is built into the front door of Free's = house. Or am I making a complete fool of myself? Somebody please put Rostrum and I out of our misery! >"About 4000 words were dropped from the Zeising edition, > including one chapter. The order of the other chapters > was changed slightly and a chronology was added as end > matter (this latter dropped in the UK editions)." Could some kind person send this chronology to the Urth-list for the = benefit of benighted UK readers like me? I'm satisfied that I = "understand" Free Live Free, but I never did get Ben Free's to-ing and = fro-ing through time completely straightened out in my mind. And anyway, = I'm curious. Tony.