(urth) 5HOC - no. 5, Marsch, Eastwind and Sandwalker

Dan'l Danehy-Oakes danldo at gmail.com
Wed May 9 15:19:39 PDT 2007


I've never believed the cat really did bite Marsch. I've always
assumed that was something VRT made up to explain his

On 5/9/07, Tony Ellis <tonyellis69 at btopenworld.com> wrote:
> Adam Stephanides wrote:
> >Rereading this passage, I noticed something odd... <snip>
> I take your point that the April 23 entry reads a lot like a normal
> Marsch entry. But the idea that the reader is supposed to infer VRT
> copied out an entry in someone else's bad handwriting in his *own* bad
> handwriting is a step too far for me - especially as it also requires
> us to infer that he cut out the original entry when Wolfe gives us no
> indication of any such mutilation to the journal. (And that's another
> thing: the officer notices when pages have been removed expertly, but
> not when it's done by hamfisted VRT?)
> Perhaps the cat bit Marsch and Wolfe doesn't think it's such a big
> coincidence that his altered handwriting looks like VRT's. After all,
> VRT's handwriting is what writing looks like when you hold the pen
> wrongly, and that's what Marsch would be doing.
> But I don't think so. For me, it's simply too much to swallow that
> just before Marsch's handwriting changes because he's been replaced by
> an alien that can't write properly, it changes *anyway* because he was
> bitten by a cat. I suppose it's just down to personal taste.
> Coming back to the April 23 journal entry... on balance I think VRT
> wrote it. The curious business of preceding the entry with an
> out-of-sequence note seems to indicate that something is up. And more
> importantly *why does Marsch wait until he has killed the ghoul-bear
> to tell us he killed the tire-tiger the day before?* The man loves
> shooting wildlife, and is hugely proud of his kills. If he was so
> excited about killing the tiger, as the entry says he was, why didn't
> he excitedly write about it in his journal at the time? His cat bite
> certainly wasn't a handicap.
> Also: "The boy had enticed [the cat] into his lap and was sitting - as
> he always used to when he wasn't cooking - with his back to the
> fire..."
> Why "as he always used to"? Why write as if that's something that used
> to happen, but doesn't now? Because the writer is VRT, and the
> expedition ended a month ago? That would be my guess.
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