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From: "Andrew Bollen" 
Subject: Re: (urth) no, no - Horn must be the one who is moved
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 10:38:36 +1100

Marc wrote:

> Oh well.  I think you should believe what you think fits the text the best
> you.

Absolutely! I *like* Horn-into-Babbie, but I think Babbie-into-Horn fits

> There is one problem with Babbie being the one whose soul is transported
> the narrator - there is no mechanism.

But you could say the same thing for Mucor's possessions, Mora/Fava's
possessions ...

> What good is
> Babbie except as a receptacle for both Mucor when she wants to get away
> Horn when he needs a place for his soul?  ....  Babbie is a receptacle,
not a paradigm of courage.

I feel compelled to come to Babbie's defence here. He can (almost) talk, he
can man the sweeps, he's undoubtedly brave. SilkHorn says of him: "He was
stronger than I, and a great deal braver; and we were there to support each
other, not to boast of our superiorities."  This is just a little before the
calling episode, and may be one of Wolfe's little hints.


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