(urth) Oreb's Powers of Speech

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 15 11:48:34 PDT 2010

On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 2:17 PM, James Wynn <crushtv at gmail.com> wrote:
>  At the end of RttW Oreb says "Good Fishing".
> This statement as odd on a number of levels, of course, but one way that it
> did is that it felt like a FAIL regarding Oreb's characteristic powers of
> speech. Only two words, fine, but THREE syllables. But  I figured, well,
> it's Wolfe's story.
> However, while rereading interviews yesterday I came across this statement
> by Wolfe:
> http://www.sfsite.com/03b/gw124.htm
> Wolfe: "Of course all of us speak differently to different audiences. Auk
> talks like I do when I'm talking to the dogs. Almost no one seems to notice
> how Oreb talks, but _Oreb can manage only two syllables_: 'Good bird! Watch
> out! Bad boy. Iron girl. Good Silk!' "
> I don't know what it signifies, but based on what Wolfe says, it ought to
> mean something.

Doesn't that quote mean that nothing odd is going on (beyond the
obvious Gospel allusion or whatever)?

"Iron girl" is 3 syllables by my count, as is "good fishing".


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