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From: Michael Andre-Driussi <mantis@sirius.com>
Subject: (urth) re: PEACE EZ Timeline
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 15:52:31 

Yay, the timeline!!

>1895 Den's mother born. (based on p.17 "My mother would have been
>twenty-five, I six. It was the year after Bobby Black was hurt.")
>1914 May, Den born. W.W.I begins in Europe.
>1918 End of W.W.I.

1918 after May, Den, age 4 visits Dr. Black ("Liberty" magazine = anachronism)

>1919 May, Den, age 5, pushed Bobby Black down the stairs; fake deerskin
>treaty painted.
>1920 Begin Prohibition. December, Den received scout knife.
>1923 Bobby Black dies.
>     Den's parents go to Europe, Den goes to live with Aunt Olivia.
>     July, Chinese-egg affair. Vi claims to be 26 (p.97), but may be
>fudging; I agree with mantis that she is closer to 30.
>     August 3, Macafee's 41st birthday party (p.171), when Vi meets Julius
>Smart and they all tell stories. Den says that Smart was, at that time, "at
>least five years younger than my aunt" (p.149). Smart's adventure with Mr.
>Tilly took place the summer after he graduated college, so he was about 24
>then. Charlie Turner's mother, Jan, (in one of the few references to larger
>world events in the text) who was herself not "much more than twenty"
>(p.138), mentioned that one of her brothers had been killed in France,
>obviously in the Great War (p.143). Den was nine at the time of this party.
>He said he started to tell Smart's story to Bill Batton "thirty-five or
>forty years" later (p.135). Forty years later would have been when he was 49
>and president of the company, about 1963.
>1924 or 1925 Vi marries J. Smart, Den's parents still overseas.
>1928 L. Gold leaves Breslau. (p.197)
>1929 circa, L. Gold meets Sally. (p.214) [1]
>1929 October, Stock Market crash, begin Depression.
>1929-1934 circa, Olivia dies. [1]
>1933 End Prohibition.
>1938(summer) Coldhouse prank , Den age 24. (p.230)
>1939-1945 W.W.II.
>1950-1953 Korean War.
>1954-1959 Time frame for the Lois/Gold affair. Den age 40-45. Sherry Gold is
>16. Lois is close to 35.
>1963 circa, Den becomes president of the company at about 49. Crazy Pete on
>1974-1975 Den's death; PEACE published.
>[1] There is a problem here. Two events are linked in that they both
>occurred 25 years before the time of the Lois/Gold affair--Vi's death and
>Gold meeting Sally--yet other factors seem to separate these two events by
>several years.

There is a bear of a problem, which might be wiggled through (but it sure
ain't EZ), in the following cluster:

Astral visit to Dr. V as corpulant president (in first year of presidency);
which is same year as Crazy Pete on his island (circa 1964); and seeing 16
year old Sherry in Dr. V's waiting room (where Sherry is supposed to be 16
about ten years earlier).

How to have Pete in the 60s and Sherry in the 50s?

To show my enthusiasm for Roy's timeline: we had long suspected that the
Dr. V astral visit was a mix of at least two realtime visits (which seemed
the case when the nurse comes in and tells Den he ought to be
undressed--this seems like a "bad splice"); if this is true, then I found a
nearly invisible seam of splicing when Den first goes in, before he sees
the doctor.

1) Fat new president Den (rich man at 50) enters waiting room, sees
Margaret Lorn (uh, that's Mrs. Price to you, bub <g>), Sherry Gold, Ted
Singer (odd, but we have some stuff on him), and Abel Green (huh?).

2) Margaret is reading "Life" magazine, but then she puts it down and goes
in to see the doctor, never seen in a later timeframe. (This putting down
of "Life" and exiting, added to the damp impressions left by her hands,
make me suspect that she is terminally ill and will die before Den's next
yearly physical.  IF that is true, then Den will retreat from the scene to
avoid the pain . . . )

3) Nurse calls for Mrs. Price, and "Sherry, who is sixteen now" tells her
that Margaret already went in.  SPLICE!  (See, the discontinuity of the
nurse's behavior is the first hint, but Sherry is sixteen =now=, [she was
in her twenties, say, a sentence before] that's the smoking gun.)

4) Doctor examines underweight (i.e., poor man at 40) Den.

This, then, is a way Den can go into the doctor's office in the 60s but
actually only see the doctor in the 50s!

Liberty: the anachronistic magazine in Doctor B's office; the coin,
shipwreck plunder, found by Den on that fateful picnic with Margaret . . .

Life: the magazines in Doctor V's office . . .

Just add "the pursuit of happiness" and by gum, you've got that ringing
phrase from the Declaration of Independence: "Life, Liberty, and the Pusuit
of Happiness"!
Hey, remember that 71 year old potato farmer?  I've secretly wondered if he
is Mr. Price.  You know, he lives out toward Milton, his grown sons (three
or more?) don't want the farm, sounds like he's a widower . . .


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