(urth) Sinew's parentage
rasputin_ at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 21 15:46:50 PST 2005
This isn't as good as a reasoned argument for the subject, but for what it's
worth I got the same impression fairly directly - that is, the scenario with
Horn/Marrow/Nettle had taken place, and that Horn strongly suspected he was
not Sinew's father. I almost want to say "knew", but there's a sort of deep
ambivalence in Horn about his own relationship with Sinew that gave me the
impression that he had some doubts that he might have been Sinew's father
I don't know that there's anything there that establishes beyond a doubt who
Sinew's father is. It shouldn't matter, ultimately, and I don't think this
is something Horn needs to discover because he knows it from the beginning;
this isn't the only thread of the book which brings out a tension between
knowing the right way to behave/live and actually living that way.
>In case Kieran's post doesn't "take" I'll offer this one.
>Is Sinew be Marrow's son?
>1) Sinew doesn't "quite" fit with Horn's name. Not the way Hoof and Hide
>But it does work with Marrow.
>2) Marrow bailed out Horn and Nettle when their farming venture failed, so
>they could get a fresh start. He didn't sell them into slavery as he did
>with others. What did Marrow get in return?
>3) When Horn leaves New Viron in his boat, Marrow tosses his cane into the
>boat _just as Sinew tossed his knife_ as Horn left Lizard Island. I believe
>the text makes this precise comparison.
>4) Horn harbors a distinct resentment for Sinew that is not explainable by
>any of Sinew's actions.
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