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From: "James Wynn" 
Subject: (urth) Marbles hands and Oz magic
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 09:49:08 -0600

Roy wrote:
Ah. [the quote] from when Marble was killing Musk, LS3: 3. "Her hands, the
blue-veined hands of an elderly bio, glowed crimson in the flames."

As for the rest . . . I'll save it for another day. But do you really think
that Hammerstone fell in 'love' with a chem "girl" he described as "pretty
as a picture", who had hands that looked like the bony blue-veined hands of
an elderly bio?

Crush responds:
Whenever is fine. :)

In answer to your question, no, I don't believe Moly had hands like that. I
don't believe any chem had hands like that. That's what is troubling,
because as you surely remember, Marble only inherited ONE hand (by my
reading) from Rose. Remember Marble's conversation with Blood at the end of
LS3? Talking about the times Rose would come and visit him as a child, he
notes that (quoting from memory) "One time you came with a hand like that
one." Then Marble notes "it *was* this one."

So now we're left with the question of how *both* Marble's hands looked that
way during the sacrifice of Musk. As you know, I've been inclined to believe
that there were limits to what the gods could do with their possessed hosts.
The passage you've quoted *seems* to suggest that there is very little they
can't do. If Echidna could so dramatically transform Marble's metal flesh to
exhibit a more Echidna-like appearance, what can't they do?

At this time (and I don't have the books with me) this sounds Wolfean "Oz
Magic" as it seems to be called around here. I'd like to hear ANY other
opinion to explain Marble's hands.

--- Crush


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