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Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 13:17:49 +1100
From: Che Monro 
Subject: (urth) Sad Experience Teaches Me

Perhaps those who see more clearly can help me with a little detail that I=
have worried loose and wish to see where it leads, if anywhere?

In Return to the Whorl Silk seems to have a song on his mind a lot it goes=
in part (like this):

These young girls live to deceive you,
Sad experience teaches me.

I wish I knew what the tune was like so that I could try filking this song.=
I bet that Gene Wolfe had a tune in mind.

Mostly, however, I wonder what deception the girl in the song was=20
practicing. Could it be that the girl was really a boy dressing up and=20
deceiving the singer? It's a strange gender reversal in any case. Normally=
in folk songs it is the man who is the deceiver of the young girls as in:

Oh don't deceive me, Oh never leave me,
How can you use a poor maid so?

So could this then be loosely related to the theme of Hyacinth as being a=20
"deceiver", if you please?

My mind takes a leap like a dolphin, and more than likely, lands with a big=
splash. Could the deception Silk is musing over be the deception of the=20
inhumi, particularly his daughter? Wasn't that character so sweet and=20
tragic? And deceptive? The timing doesn't exactly fit, though.

Please, if not a gender deception, what then is the deception that young=20
girls practice on their wandering seducers and peeping toms?


Ch=E9 Franz Joseph Monro -- http://www.chemonro.com
che@chemonro.com    --     flirt@technologist.com


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