From: "Tony Ellis"
Subject: Re: (urth) Liev's Postpostulate Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 16:31:48 +0100 Sorry to seem at loggerheads with you again, Adam, but a few quibbles spring immediately to mind: If Victor thinks he is descended from French settlers gone native, why, when he thinks no one is reading what he writes any more, does he cite Dollo's Law as the reason for his bad penmanship? We can't be expected to believe that the French all unevolved the ability to use tools in a few generations. How come all the people we think of as Annese seem to have the ability to change how they appear? Cassilla seems to have it, Victor's mother had it, and Victor writes that he has "the same ability, though not to the extent she did." I've never been able to come up with a satisfactory reason why the descendants of prehistoric humans should have this ability either, but at least they had the time period in which to evolve it. And why the green eyes thing? 'Liev' implies a reversal of Veil's Postulate, it's true, but it's possible Wolfe only used Liev so that he could work in the pun "I am Liev and I have left." 'Postpostulate' suggests, at least to me, something that goes _beyond_ Veil's Postulate, rather than reversing it. >I admit I don't know how Mrs. Blount's >interview fits into this. Mrs Blount doesn't just talk about the Annese or Shadow Children her father shot. She also says: "When I was growing up those little French girls that had been too small to fight was growing up too, and weren't they the cutest things? They got most of the handsome boys, you know, and all of the rich ones. You could go to a dance in your prettiest dress, and one of those Frenchies would come in, just in rags, you know, but with a ribbon and a flower in her hair, and every boy's head would turn." That has always sounded to me like another example of the Annese ability to look more attractive at will. When I read it and then flip back to the passage that sent me there -- "I have read the interview with Mrs Blount - a hundred times when I was in the hills - and I know who I believe the Free People to be," -- the implication seems pretty strong that he means the Free People are, or are now, human-Annese half-breeds like himself. The 'French' girls were either Annese or, which seems more likely to me, themselves the children of Annese-settler interbreeding. Possibly we're supposed to read the Mrs Blount passage as meaning that the little French girls are French settlers who went native and are now coming in from the cold again, but I can't really see how we or Victor are supposed to draw that conclusion from what is said. --