From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) sepia man as Tilly? Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 01:49:56 -0500 mantis asks: >Roy, remind me about the Tilly subsection of the timeline. Tilly died in >1922 or so? Wife "died" when? Close enough. And his wife "passed on a number of years ago". (120) Probably during The Great War. >Is 1920 a good benchmark for natural sepia, for the clothing, for the >Lombard reference? Not for Lombard; as Robert has pointed out, her heyday was the 1930s. >Both of these timeline paradoxes are "solved" if Charlie is a time-traveler >from the past, like the ghost of Christmas past in "A Christmas Carol." In >PEACE terms, this =may= mean that Charlie Turner died and really is a >ghost, and his visit of Weer is an example of a haunting from the past (as >opposed to a haunting from the future), but I'm not going that far, yet, >I'm just looking at Charlie as being a time-traveler who does =not= know >the history of things, he has to go back to the past, live through events, >and then move to the future to report what happened. There's a problem with that. In "real-time" Charlie's visit/letter happened in the early 1960s. If Charlie is a time-traveling ghost of the past, then I presume he also has no knowledge of the future? In that case, how to account for his contemporary reference to television? (221) BTW, I haven't forgotten Robert's (or your earlier) quite valid query about my take on the relevance of Doris's story to Weer or to the book--I just don't have a good answer. I even dug out a 1729 translation of "Cinderilla", taken from Perrault's collection. The parallels of Doris to Cinderella are obvious, but so are the differences. I can't decide if that is important, or if Wolfe just ignores the "facts" and recasts the story to suit his purpose, as he did with the Sidhe story. -Roy --