From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) PEACE: Coldhouse prank, facts and function Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 09:30:52 -0500 mantis wrote: >(Though I suppose one might argue that, via the "room" Weer has entered the >actual timeline of reality . . . but such reasoning would seem to play hell >with the idea of Charlie Turner being a unicorn, since Bill Baton saw him, >and Miss Birkhead saw him, too . . . so unless Baton and Birkhead are being >puppetized, doing things they didn't really do in real life, then maybe >Charlie is real, his visit is real, and only his Doris letter is a unicorn?) Other characters are being "puppetized", to the extent that words are being put into their mouths by frametale-Weer that could not possibly have been uttered by them in real life. In addition to Sherry's noncommittal response to Weer's comment about the stroke he hadn't had in real life, there is the business with Lois questioning Weer's having given her a future phone number, sans exchange letters, and his telling her that he had been waiting for her at his desk (and he was, so to speak--in the frametale) when in real life he had waited in his car. She asked if he meant he had propped a book against the steering wheel. Such comments would never have been made by her in real life. And, of course, the entire conversation 4-year-old Den had with Dr. Black never happened outside of the frametale. Parts of Weer's visit(s) with Dr. Van Ness contain dialogue that never happened except in the memory mansion. There's no doubting that Weer just made up stuff and wrote it down as truth, as I've just shown. The question remains: how much of what he "wrote down" didn't really happen quite that way, or didn't happen at all? Part of the answer has to do with why he was writing and who he was writing for. Was he writing for himself? God? For therapy? Penance? Other? -Roy --