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From: areynold@estsa2.estec.esa.nl (Alastair Reynolds)
Subject: Re: (whorl) Names, animals and meanings (P2)
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 15:35:40 +0200 (MET DST)

> This is Sean Whalen (prion).
> Pike.  A long thin carnivorous fish (Esox lucius), also called the
> northern pike.  Also, any species in family Esocidae that resembles
> the pike.  Also the name for a variety of weapons like the spear.
> Also, the Latin word lupus can mean either wolf or pike.  Old augur on
> Sun Street.  Blood's father.  Dead.
> prion

permission to speak...

I don't know if this was a phenomenon unique to British readers of the book,
but I couldn't read "Pike" without thinking of Private Pike from Dad's Army,
probably not quite the effect Wolfe intended...(although, as apparently
GW is a Benny Hill fan, who knows?)


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