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From: Jim Jordan <jbjordan@gnt.net>
Subject: Re: (urth) one-two-three for me
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2000 17:31:27 

>Nick wrote:

>>All right, taking up the matter of "One-Two-Three ForMe": I haven't
assigned it a 
>specifically religiousmeaning. For me, the story corresponds closely to
"AndWhen They 
>>Appear", perhaps occurring much later in thesame general future. The
civilization whose 
>>remainsthe protagonist of "One" investigates has, like thatin "And When",
>>suicide, apparently from anennui born of the loss of meaning of all
cultural symbols 
>>(including, very prominently, God).

	I did not find an implication of ennui in "And When They Come." Open to
being shown, of course. The father simply kills himself and tries to kill
his family. I took it that there was a societal breakdown, and roving bands
of marauders were on the march, and the father was in despair. Moreover,
the father brought home some chemical from work, whereas in "OneTwoThree
for Me," the situation seems quite different. Same world? I'm having
trouble making such a connection. Open to correction. Write back.


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