(urth) Hierodules and time
bsharporflat at hotmail.com
Fri May 26 08:35:58 PDT 2006
>Not that it matters; it's a tiny issue, I confess, but time travel always
>annoys me. And I can't help feeling that Wolfe has something devious going
>on here, and that I'm missing it completely, which is irritating <g>.
I disagree! I think this is a very interesting and pertinent topic. And I
agree! Wolfe is being devious. Pondering this one is relevant to other
btw, my two years of Latin class, mostly forgotten, do at least allow me to
know that "ex" means "out from". I think you are taking the literal
translation of the phrase too strictly
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deus_ex_machina) and missing the point of the
Roger Rabbit quote.
A "deus ex machina" has broadly come to mean the literary device defined
above. I am saying Ossipago is a metaphor (and apology) for all the "dei ex
machinae" (is that the plural? lol) Wolfe uses. He wants to make good
stories and will bend credulity a bit to do so.
I think Wolfe is having devious fun with Ossipago. Just as Baldanders is a
reverse Frankenstein (monster who creates his doctor), Ossipago is a reverse
deus ex machina. He is a machine from the gods, a device, sent to carry a
weak thread in the plot. The exact weak thread which is bothering you so
I am bookless for now, so I'll have to get back later on the issue of
Ossipago's memory. I'm not saying I have all the answers, quite the
contrary! I'm just trying my best to help both/all our understandings. In
fact I hadn't really given this issue the thought it deserved until you
brought it up, for which I am very thankful and appreciative!
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