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From: "Robert Borski" <rborski@coredcs.com>
Subject: (urth) Abo Artifacts
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 14:48:38 

Several dispatches ago, Tony Ellis wrote:

>We're shown that VRT lacks the manual dexterity to have made the fake
>flint tools RT shows Marsch. That leaves RT. How did he make them, if
>he's an abo too?
> >Victor comes right out and says such tools are made with one's teeth

>No he doesn't. He says "With their teeth." Like any sulky adolescent
>confronted by the embarrassing stupidity of adults, Victor is getting
>his revenge by providing the most minimal, unhelpful response possible.
>He's saying two things. He's saying "You think my people made stuff like
>that? What with, their teeth?" And he's saying "When they wanted to cut
>something they used their teeth. You morons. "Only a few lines further
>on, he clarifies this: "The Free People didn't use those things. ...if
>they wanted to cut something they used their teeth."

>You don't -seriously - think it's possible to fashion flint tools with
>your teeth, do you Robert?

>> Marsch later adds such tools require little manual dexterity to chink
>> out.

>Absolutely. That's why RT can make them with his arthritic hands. VRT
>still can't because he's a hopeless ham-fisted abo. He doesn't have this
>skill because none of his people have any tool-using skills. How many
>times do you count Sandwalker using a flint knife? And the other Hill
>People? And the Marshmen? Anyone?

I'm now willing to conceed you the wisdom of your arguments here, Tony. But
then where do these artifiacts come from if at the same time I wish to hold
true to my Roy-is-an-abo theory (as opposed to your own nihil alienum)?

Well, consider the following entry in VRT's notebook, somewhat after he's
killed Marsch:

"By sisterworld's light I have been looking among the rocks for
implements--eoliths. I have found
none." (p. 239)

Eoliths are chipped stones of the late Tertiary Period formerly held to
have been made by humans, but now known to be products of a natural,
nonhuman agency (weathering, volcanic action, erosion, etc.). I submit
these are the so-called Annese artifacts he and Pop sell at their stand.
Roy never made them because he has the same ham-fisted clumsiness you
attribute to Victor. Personally I can think of no other reason why Victor
would be searching for eoliths, but if you can I'd be happy to hear you
out. After all I was clearly wrong the first time. 

I also contend this bit of text suggests that Victor may have returned to
Roncevaux after killing Marsch and did not spend all of his claimed three
years in the back of beyond.

Notice also how Victor's search has not been conducted by daylight, but the
light of Sainte Croix. This suggests the museum artifacts Number Five sees
are either eoliths or replicas of eoliths.

Robert Borski (who is still looking for xanthic exculpation in the yellow
aspect of Eve's buttoned dress)

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