From: "Matthew Davis"
Subject: Re: (urth) Seven American Nights Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 18:39:28 +0100 > > Possibly Gene Wolfe's best work of short fiction is "Seven American > Nights." > > Certainly it's one of my favorites. > > > > But how, given that Nadan's journal only chronicles six nights, are we to > > reconcile this with Wolfe's title? > > When I read the story I counted 7 Nights, so never had to try and account > for a missing DAY. Unless I misread, or Americans have some other way of > counting off days and nights, Nadan _does_ spend Seven Nights in America. > The first night takes place between the lines "It's his country bleeding to > death" and "Here it is evening again". Nothing happens during his first > night in America, and it's easy to overlook since he wakes up in the hotel > after getting off the ship. But it is an American Night. Then you can count > off the other six. Ah, No I did misread. The dream of mouldy bread I thought indicated a break between days (grey mould on bread - a hint of ergotomine and hallucinogenics?). Rerereading I see it's an interjection during Nadan's jouney into the north of Washington. --