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From: m.driussi@genie.com
Subject: (urth) Black and frog
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 98 20:22:00 GMT


Re: pushing Bobby Black as the major fork in Weer's life-path, again
this reminds me so strongly of the killing of the frog in "The
Changeling."  In the case of "The Changeling," we know (?) that the
hero has been erased from the town's memory, but is he an innocent
victim of capricious fairies or a criminal being punished by fairies
for trespass?  On previous examinations it seemed like the cruel
killing of the frog was the turning point.

Re: the sense that PEACE is all a dream.  It might be.  It is
certainly a valid and supported viewpoint.  But there also might be a
sense of impending reincarnation--so Weer can make good in this life,
the shadow of which has been revealed to him, or in the next
incarnation, learning from the mistakes he made.  Or maybe I'm just
confusing that with the "whole life lived over again" which is what
PEACE is all about.

But notice how the same is dealt with in "The Changeling": the hero
has been erased from the town, and perhaps replaced by an optimized
version of what he might have been; the hero's retreat into a cave is
very much like a return to the womb; again the sense of reincarnation
and a life-path made better.

(And of course, "the killing of the frog" and "death of Bobby Black"
both link directly to "The Tale of the Boy Called Frog" and the
battle between the Twins.)


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