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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" <ddanehy@siebel.com>
Subject: (urth) "at last" and 5HoC questions
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000 13:23:22 


Roy observed that:

> While describing building his fancy house, [Weer] wrote "when the 
> company at last came into my hands" (35). That phrase "at last"
> certainly sounds to me as if he had reason to anticipate acquiring
> the company.

While I agree with this as stated I don't think it means as much
as Roy suggests: to whom would Julius leave the company? Olivia 
was already dead, it seems certain that they'd had no children. 
If Julius died intestate, a the court proceeding which would 
determine who got his fortune would almost certainly be drawn-out.
The opening of his tale mentions vague "relations," but there's 
no reason to suspect siblings. These might apply for the estate,
or a share in it; but as Weer (unlike them) had actually been
involved with the company for years, I would guess most judges
would award it (though perhaps not other things such as cash and
real estate) to him... at last.


Meanwhile, I've just finished reading FIFTH HEAD for, rather
surprisingly, only the second time, and find that there are some
pretty basic things I don't understand. I know that many people
find the last line of the first part very disturbing: I truly 
do not understand _why_.

Also, is there any reason to believe that there was ever a real 
John V. Marsch?  I mean, by that name -- there clearly was a 
homeworld anthropologist. I ask because "John Marsch" sounds
_exactly_ like the name of an abo as described in the beginning
of part 2: "John" is the name of all men born to the people,
and "Marsch" would be a logical name for a child born in the
meadomeres. Toss this together with the Earth passport having
been "tampered with," and I wonder if "VRT" simply took his
abo name and applied it to his new identity...?


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