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From: "Joshua A. Solomon" <J.A.Solomon@city.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: (urth) Barton, Barrington, and Pandora's Plato
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 14:56:26 +0100

> From: "Nigel Price" <nigel.a.price@virgin.net>
> Subject: Barton, Barrington, and Pandora's Plato
> Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 13:52:25 +0100
> Do any list members live in or know the greater Chicago area well?


> Holly states that Barton is "a town of about 10,000". Is that the size of
> the real Barrington?

Sounds right.

> She also says that it's "65 miles by car from the Loop."
> Is that
> the real distance from Barrington to the city centre? It doesn't look that
> far on my map - it looks more like 30 miles.

Barrington is about 30 miles from the Loop. All suburbanites use this

> And, for the record, why is
> that area of central Chicago called "The Loop"?

It's encircled by The El. Don't ask me to define The El, for God's sake! :-)

> Could she in real life have made the journey to Aurora by getting a train
> into Chicago and then a Greyhound Bus out to Aurora?

Probably the only way to do it without a car.

> How long would it have
> taken her?

Several hours.

> OK, so when Holly is injured, she is taken to a hospital in a "Palestine",
> which she says is between "Barton" and Chicago. From the map, this would
> seem to be a reference to a place called Palatine, which is indeed between
> Barrington and Chicago.

For more on Palatine, see the Long Sun Series.

> I've got to the place in the book where the thick-set policeman, Lt Sandoz,
> makes his appearance, ready to play Lestrade to Aladdin Blue's Holmes.

It's been a long time since I read Pandora. Sandoz was famous for marketing
LSD in the late '50s.


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