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From: David Duffy <davidD@qimr.edu.au>
Subject: (urth) Alden Weir's Dimensionality
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 10:13:33 +1000 (EST)

(Maybe it should be Alder rather than Alden -- elm, though then you can't 
throw in Den)

I have the impression (coming back to the pillow story) that Weir's life
represents a wrong choice at every key point in his life, while Smart 
makes the correct choices.  Weir's final financial security/success is 
quite accidental.  Furthermore, his behaviour at the forking points -- on 
the stairs, outside the freezer room, in the creek-bed -- is quite 
understandable/forgiveable (coming back to the idea of Purgatorio rather 
than Inferno).

Also I might raise the two allusions to Cabell (and isn't there one 
Cabell novel set in Florida?) -- Cabell saw Jurgen as the thinker and 
Manuel as the doer (Weir/Smart?).  Felix Kennaston in the _Cream of 
the Jest_ is perhaps even closer, though Wolfe and Cabell's world-views 
are slightly different. (do I need a smiley?).  

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