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From: Adam Stephanides <adamsteph@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Green Thoughts
Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2000 22:56:33 

Joel Priddy wrote:
> The Inhumi Secret:
> Although I wish it were otherwise, I left IGJ with the
> distinct impression that the Golden Rule was the
> secret of the inhumi. [snip] But the clincher was when
> Horn is talking to Hide about the inhumi, and Jahlee
> interrupts him at some point, and basically states the
> Golden Rule thing , and Horn replies with "I wasn't
> going to say that, and I never would say that." Which
> I take to mean that saying it would break his oath.

The actual passage is:

	   "You sell your own kind to us for weapons and treasure,"
	she told him [Hide] almost apologetically, "and your cruelty
	and the more numerous you are, the crueler and more violent you
	are.  Your cruelty and your violence strengthen us."
	   "Ask this man you call your father.  He'll tell you."
	   I said, "He hasn't, and he won't." (380-81)

But in fact Horn has told Hide that human cruelty and violence
strengthen the inhumi, in his discussion of why they shouldn't kill
Jahlee. (354)  So what Horn won't tell Hide must be something else,
perhaps Jahlee's deterministic view of human nature.  And since Horn has
told it, it can't be the secret.


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