(urth) Soldier of Arete Answer
arobert at cogsci.ucsd.edu
Mon Jul 10 05:51:09 PDT 2006
On Jul 10, 2006, at 8:28 AM, Dave Lebling wrote:
> Stilskin asked:
>> I remain baffled by what exactly transpires at the end
>> of Arete to throw Latro into his depression.
> Jim Jordan's interview with Wolfe (at the above link) answers your
> Search for "Sparta."
Well regardless of what Wolfe himself says there about the Spartan
ceremony being the main antecedent, in real life there is rarely a
single cause of depression, and the text certainly doesn't require
Latro to be different. There are a number of events that despite his
weakened memory cannot have failed to have a cumulative effect. The
loss of Phareta, parting from various friends, the futile
purposelessness with which he is tossed about by the winds of fate, ...
It is a tribute to his strength of spirit (and of the human spirit)
that he carried on as long as he did.
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