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Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2002 10:24:23 -0400 (EDT)
From: Michael Straight 
Subject: Re: (urth) Horn in Babbie

On Thu, 4 Jul 2002, Stephen Case wrote:

> That still leaves Nettle though.  Why in the whorl did she go
> along with Silk (who isn't her husband) and his girlfriend?  

Nettle was as much a disciple of Silk as Horn was.  If Horn hadn't gone to
search for him, Nettle would have.  Now that Horn is dead, following Silk
is the natural thing to do.  Following Silk is the natural thing for
anybody to do, actually, which may explain why Seawrack went with him,
although I'm not sure why Silk wanted her to come.

Here's a theory.  Hearing Seawrack's song makes you fall in love with her.  
Silk heard her singing because Horn was already tuned in.  Just being next
to Horn and having him point out the song is enough for that military
officer to start hearing her.  Maybe her song is like one of those hidden
pictures, that once it is pointed out, you can't not see it anymore.  So,
even though Horn is gone, Silk still hears and is enthralled by Seawrack's
song.  Kinda creepy, especially given his continued devotion to Hyacinth.



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