(urth) The coins, torpedo, and George
Mo Holkar / UKG
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Mon May 3 10:01:17 PDT 2010
Just a quick note about something that struck me. When Bax first
finds the coins he says "I believe the city must be Corinth, but I've
no idea whose head that is" (75). I'm curious as to how he identifies
the city. It can't be the word 'KORINTHOS', or he would be certain
about it. Presumably then it's from an emblem that he knows is
usually associated with Corinth. A quick Google suggests that lots of
Corinthian coins depicted the Pegasus on the reverse of Athena's
head, so that might be a candidate.
Then when he takes a coin to Port St Jude (127), we are told 'The
helmeted woman on the obverse... presumably she is Athena' and that
the reverse depicts a different woman, with breasts (plural), a spear
and a sword. So either (a) Bax did earlier silently identify this
other woman, and associate her with Corinth, or else (b) the three
coins don't all have the same design -- which seems more likely, but
leaves wide open the question of who the woman is. Warrior women who
are not Amazons are pretty rare in Greek myth. Not Artemis, as she
would have a bow; not Athena as stated; maybe the obscure war goddess Enyo?
On another, unrelated note: do we assume that the 'long, skinny
torpedo' seen with the Greek (198) is Nicholas the Butler? Odd that
although Iron Mike gave the Greek the names of Shell and others who
were close to Bax, this doesn't seem to have been followed up on.
Perhaps knowing that Bax was 'doing swell' was all Skotos really needed.
And a question: how did George get from following Nicholas into the
house (233) to being picked up 'on the street' by the police (270)?
In between, he seems to have written Letter 37 (assuming that's not a
Bax forgery), whch Bax 'found' in an unspecified place, but
presumably at the house (265). He also may have checked out of the
Hilton (266), although that could have happened earlier. And then he
somehow gets away from the police again ("I doubt they'll keep him
long" (276)) and is back at the house trapping Nicholas (282). We
aren't able to guess much about George's motivation apart from
insensate hatred of Bax, but I'm curious as to how his timeline goes.
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