Subject: (urth) Andrew and Marc and Silk and Horn and Babbie Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 09:38:55 -0700 From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
The one thing we all seem to agree upon is that the weird scene at the end of OBW is a major turning point, and key to any full interpretation of _SS_. I've never been quite able to buy Marc's Horn-into-Babbie=20 reading of this scene for practical reasons -- in fact,=20 the classic Lupine problem of authorship -- who _writes_=20 this scene? If we accept Marc's reading, by the time of=20 narration, Horn is "gone" from the Narrator's body. But=20 it's written from the point of view of the person who=20 primarily experiences ... whatever it is. Silk can not know=20 what Horn's departure feels like from Horn's point of view;=20 yet in this reading, that is exactly what is being narrated. Andrew's reading has some merit. I'm particularly whacking myself on the head over his reading of Evensong -- this=20 is so true to the basic Silk pattern; with Evensong, the Narrator is (in a sense) going through the whole Hyacinth experience all over again, in a kind of mirror-image.=20 I'm not going to dispute Andrew's reading at this point;=20 I think it warrants some time. It certainly answers some questions, but it raises others ... in particular, I have trouble seeing how the Babbie _persona_ could be extricated back out from the Silk/Horn/? melange and put back into=20 Babbie. (But then, perhaps he carries some Hornishness=20 with him ... which would explain the astrally travelling=20 Babbie scene which Marc has indicated.)=20 Possible areas for investigation to support or deny this reading: o Is the Narrator's attitude toward Babbie significantly different when Babbie returns in RttW from what it was in OBW? If so, how? o Can we disentangle the "I" references in the scene at the end of OBW in a way that makes some kind of artistic sense? Is there a pattern to who is speaking when? o Why would the Babbie persona be necessary to save the=20 Narrator at that point? By which I mean, why Babbie specifically? And what happened to Babbie while this was going on? o Does this help to explain how Babbie got back to the=20 Main continent of Blue? --Blattid --