(urth) The Sorcerer's House Questions (*Major Spoilers*)

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 23 06:21:54 PDT 2010

John C. Wright: http://johncwright.livejournal.com/322189.html

"Between the time I wrote the original post at 4.00 AM and now at
10.00, I have reached page 33. Thoughts so far: Mistrust whatever the
letter-writer says when he writes to his brother, whom he is asking
for money. When the ex-con is reading Thucydides, suspect a change of
personality or identity, as often happens in a Wolfe book. When the
ex-con finds a ring inside a fish, he takes it as a sign of good
fortune, but the Polycrates myth (if I remember it correctly) is that
a king throws a ring into the sea to avert the jealousy of the gods;
and finding the ring inside a fisherman's catch meant that the god
rejected the sacrifice: in other words, it is an prodigy among ill
omens. "

Side note; this is a hilarious D&D story:
Also funny; how Wright seems to bring politics into everything, eg.
http://johncwright.livejournal.com/324494.html (I didn't sympathize
with the Mars preservers in Robinson's _Blue Mars_, but that didn't
stop me from enjoying it.)


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