(urth) Slow Children at Play
JBarach at aol.com
JBarach at aol.com
Thu Sep 13 21:46:31 PDT 2007
In a message dated 9/13/2007 9:08:53 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
matthewalangroves at gmail.com writes:
I think I may have the answer to one of your questions, or rather, you
have the answer yourself. There are two possibilities as to why Gene
covers the name G. T. Griffith (who is a real author). The more
probable answer is that "Griffith" reminds Gene of "griffin," and, as
we learn in "The Arimaspian Legacy," he has dreams of griffins chasing
after David. The less probable answer (though one does not exclude
the other) is that "Griffith" is David's real last name. (In "The
Arimaspian Legacy," we learn that although "David" is the narrator's
friend's name, "Arimaspian" is not.)
What's really funny is that when I thought of "The Arimaspian Legacy," I
really had "The Haunted Boardinghouse" in mind. Isn't there a boy that goes
through a window in that one, too? No wonder I didn't make the right
Yes, David in "The Arimaspian Legacy" is pursued by griffins. Griffith
reminds Gene of griffins, and that's why he covers up the name. I'm pretty sure
that's correct. (Funny, too: I thought of looking up the book by G. T.
Griffith, but I didn't. If I had, I would have discovered that he's a real
So David is pursued by griffins and then Gene runs into a griffin/cherub at
the gate of Paradise, where the revolving flame is (Gen. 3). Interesting.
But in "The Arimaspian Legacy," we're told that an "Arimaspian" is a one-eyed
thief who is out to steal the gold that the griffin guards, which is the sun
and nuclear fission. In "Slow Children," the griffin-man (cherub) tells the
three who come seeking that the fire is indeed the sun.
More thought is needed....
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