Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 08:34:20 -0600 From: "Charles Reed"
Subject: (urth) Recollect ther craws, bucky? Hello everyone. I'm not a complete stranger here, but I haven't been a frequent participant, either. Still, I was hoping that somebody could help me out. I've just completed my second reading of the Short Sun books and have at least one question that I haven't been able to figure out. Allow me to set the stage: At the very end of Chapter 12 in RttW, Horn finally arrived at Ermine's after several interesting adventures (visiting the Sun Street manteion, meeting and having a drink with his father, being waylaid by Olivine at the Calde's palace and taken into the palace through a secret gate, visiting the room he and Nettle stayed in for a short time (I think), bathing and getting clean clothes, shriving and then receiving an eye from Olivine). Patera Gulo had been at Ermine's ahead of him, looking for Silk, but all that Horn wanted to do was to lie down. After sleeping for a bit, and making sure that Hound and Pig were asleep, he slipped out of the room and headed downstairs to the garden fountain "where Thelx holds up a mirror." He then went back to the Calde's palace to get his walking stick before going back to the room. Upon entering the room, we have the following exchange: As he put the key back into the lock, Pig asked sleepily, "Recollect ther craws, bucky?" It took a moment. "Why, yes. Yes, I do, Pig." "Still say ther same?" And that's the end of the chapter. I've puzzled and puzzled over this passage, but I can't figure out what it means. Can any of you shed any light on this for me? Charles (still mulling over Vironese names, but leaning toward "Whisker") --