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From: "Alice Turner" <pei047@attglobal.net>
Subject: (whorl) Impressions, riddles, etc.
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 22:46:03 

> From: "Ian Smith" <iancsmith@4unet.co.uk>

Hi Ian, and welcome,

> No-one seems to have queried yet the reason for the sudeen change in
> between the first two volumes. At the end of OBW we leave Horn still
> wallowing to some extent in self-loathing, still questioning whether
> should be writing his book.  At the start of IGJ this has
disapppeared, and
> throughout he confines himself to minor self-depreceatory remarks
(very much
> in the manner of Silk...).  As the time lapse between the end of
writing the
> end of OBW and the start of OGJ is purportedly very short (I think
there are
> hints that it is only around 2 days?) what as caused this
> Could it have something to do with the mysterious encounter in the
> before Horn meets brother and sister?

No, I think it is, as has been discussed quite recently, Horn's transfer
to Silk's body, with Silk's powerful gene-spliced leadership DNA having
an effect on those he encounters. I'm not quite sure from your post that
you have finished IGJ--this will become clearer.

> "I found him in he forest, sitting in the dark under the trees.  I
could not
> see him, it was too dark to see anything.  But I knelt beside him, and
> my head upon his knee, and he comforted me."(OBW p.378)
> At first I thought this was another neighbor encounter, but in IGJ
Horn says
> he hasn't encountered them since they moved him to a new body.  It
> also be a particularly obtuse dream sequence, I suppose.  Any ideas?

It is Babbie speaking here. It is probably Horn's fever-dream, but maybe
not. Babbie is going to turn up again in the third volume (thank
goodness, I missed him) and we'll know more.

Hi Wombat,

> At 12:04 PM 7/29/00 -0400, vizcacha wrote:
> >Second, and more importantly (and here we are getting close to the
> >secret), there are actually no inhumi.  There is only, poignantly, "a
> >trapped in the body of a blood-drinking reptile."  The inhumi only
> >"spirits" because their victims have spirits, only have intelligence
> >their victims have intelligence, and so on.
> I don't think this point has been made here: The inhumi seem
> to be telepathic reptiles tht developed their telepathy to enhance
> predation. It seems likely that the assumption of human
characteristics is
> a side-effect of this telepathic ability. I can't tell if they are
> of true shape-shifting; their ability to pose as humans is certainly
> enhanced by, and may be completely, telepathic projection. Note that
> does *not* seem to be part of what Krait told Horn on Green, since
> doesn't realize this until he sees the camouflaged hunters in Goan.

They are shapeshifters only to a degree and I don't think it's fully
"telepathic." Remember three things: They cannot change their density; a
careful upclose look, especially at their limbs and hair by someone who
knows what to look for, will give them away; they are cold-blooded and
cannot fake otherwise. Horn has been given the ability to know them
almost at once, but Fava and Jahlee are very careful not to get too
close to any human. This is somewhat important to the plot.

> It seems that Incanto's travel between worlds is a combination of the
> inhumi telepathic projection and the Vanished People's indeterminate

Again, I discount "telepathy," except on an elementary level--"charisma"
might be more like it. This is a gift from the Vanished People, I think,
and meant, in some mysterious manner, to bring humans and inhumi
together, since neither can do it alone. (Though I guess the VP can.)

> >Jahlee describes the
> >pursuit of Horn at the end of OBW, and how the inhumi all felt they
> >kill him, but each hoped that another would do it first.  They feel
this way
> >out of gratitude and also, I think, because the people whose blood
they have
> >absorbed would not be quick to kill either. Few are eager to cast the
> >stone, sinful or not.  Result, Horn escapes.
> Well, also, the inhumi are strongly biologically conditioned not to
> their prey. In "nature", they will feed on a victim repeatedly over
> course of years rather than kill. If the inhumi surrounding the Rajan
> the end of _Blue_ have not fed from killers, they will not have
> how to kill, themselves.

No, you really can't say that. Horn had to clean the sewers, with
thousands of people dead from inhumu greed. Unless that was a dream, and
I don't think it was.

> I'd go a step further: If all the inhumi are treated as human by all
> humans, they will *become* human. But I think there's one more twist
to the
> secret coming, and I don't know what it is. So far, Wolfe has
> on every promise of the narrative; I'd like to think he's capable of
> overdelivering on the promise of the secret of the inhumi as well.

I don't quite follow. But your second sentence has been brought up over
and over on the list, and I still think it is too simplistic. So sue me.

Asked Raymond:
> I have a quick question. Why did Silk agree to become a part of Pas?
> there an explanation in the Long Sun books? Just wondering.

We have absolutely, positively no proof that he did. This was only a
conjecture of the pre Horn/Pas Horn that it MIGHT have happened.

Welcome, Muskrat, and don't be scared of Nutria--his fangs are mostly
for show:

> I have to wonder whether you all are making life more
> difficult for him.  Does he read these archives?



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