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From: Alex David Groce <Alex_Groce@gs246.sp.cs.cmu.edu>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Re: Digest whorl.v010.n070
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 10:01:16 

alga said:

>Nicely reasoned, Wm. (and thanks for reprising the Lebling list), but I don't bu
>y it for a moment. (And I don't think you do either.) Look, you guys, you're all
> familiar with the author--what on earth makes you think that Wolfe is going to 
>give you the secret before Book III (if then)? Would that be in characacter? Of 
>course not! Not that it isn't fun to speculate in advance, but (IMO) the specula
>tions have been spectacularly un-Wolfean to date. Sweetness and Light is hardly 
>his game.

True.  I doubt we have enough to figure out the whole secret (or even the key).
However, Wolfe is also good for sticking clues to Big Secrets early in the text
and then making you slap yourself on second reading and say "Why didn't I realize
that?"  I think it's very likely that the whole "inhumi steal their nature from
us" idea is at the very least going to be an important element of the story to
come (Krait!) and I suspect it has SOMETHING to do with Horn's Solution.  Anyway,
it is very Lupine to take Sweetness and Light as his starting point and pull the
rug out from under it and us.

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
Alex David Groce (agroce+@cs.cmu.edu)
Ph.D. Student, Carnegie Mellon University - Computer Science Department
8112 Wean Hall (412)-268-3066

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