From: "Tom Foster"
Subject: (urth) RTTW - two points/questions Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 15:07:10 -0000 Well, I've just finished RTTW and am still taking it all in. A couple of things I wanted to mention: Did anyone else think that the way Hoof talked about Oreb at the end of RTTW was very reminiscent of the way Horn talked about Hyacinth at the end of TBOTLS? Throughout TBOTLS and TBOTSS both Oreb and Hycanith come across as very likeable characters (though admittedly Hyacinth has some obvious flaws), only for them to be 'debunked' by, in the first case Horn, and in the second case Hoof, come the end of the narratives. This seems very odd and I wonder if there is a deeper meaning to it than simply Wolfe showing that all is not necessarily what is seems, and that people (and animals too!) should not be taken at face value... Can someone explain to me exactly what the situation with Nettle is come the end of RTTW? I didn't follow this at all, despite re-reading several times. Silk-Horn says (of the information imparted to him by the Red Sun Whorl Scylla) "I would never have used it while Nettle was alive". Later when he asks Daisy to say his goodbyes to Hide and Hoof for him he says that "Nettle is making her own, and cannot be bothered with mine". Then at the very end of the book, Daisy concludes "they are in it, I hope, he and his eerie young woman, Nettle, the old sibyl, and their bird..." How come does he decide to use this information despite Nettle still being alive? Because he finally realises that he is Silk, and is therefore not bound by the same bond to Nettle? And why would Nettle want to go off with him and Seawrack? If anyone can shed some light on this I'd be grateful. Overall, I really enjoyed the books (not surprisingly since I love pretty much everything Wolfe has written), but I still think overall I preferred TBOTLS (I suspect I'm probably one of the few people who really love TBOTLS, though I hope I'm wrong). I don't think TBOTNS is directly comparable, since it is in a league of its own, somewhat. *Really* looking forward to "The Wizard Knight"... Tom --