(urth) 5hoc: carapace, the cemetery columns, Sandwalker's feet, predendritic

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Sun Apr 7 13:22:28 PDT 2013

What about "dendritic" as possibly meaning "living in trees"?

Never mind living */as /*trees . . .

On 4/7/2013 9:59 AM, Marc Aramini wrote:
> One more quick thought.  Everyone dreams of being surrounded by 
> columns or trees.  In Number 5's dreams, eventually these columns are 
> revealed to have words that are rubbed off (the same time he realizes 
> it is like a mausoleum or cemetery that all carry his name and 
> different dates).  the only word he can make out is "carapace".
> Later, the aborigines are confused with old wood, posts, etc.  Notice 
> the post like/pillar nature of many of the demi-mondaine's legs.
> I am still trying to put together the aboriginal life cycle.  The term 
> pre-dendritic is very interesting to me, as Marsch describes the 
> aboriginal culture.  Since the columns in the first novella surround a 
> graveyard, are the big circle of trees like a graveyard, too?  In VRT, 
> that "temple" is cut down (402 trees in a big circle).
> Specifically, should we take pre-dendritic literally?  For a certain 
> non-imitative aborigine who has not become "human", does death or 
> maturity prompt a hard woody carapace that then makes them dendritic 
> and rooted?
> The reason I ask this is that in the death scene of VRT, the river 
> tree that reaches out for VRT to save him is mentioned with "feet" 
> imagery.   Only one character always has foot imagery associated with 
> him - he who drops from a higher place to a lower - Sandwalker. (and 
> there, VRT drops down - and I do liken "Sandwalker's" fate to VRT - 
> replaced by somebody who dreams that he is in fact the dead one (thus 
> i juxtapose castrated ancestor Eastwind with the airborne 
> Shadowchild))  Is this big tree in the river reaching out for VRT 
> Sandwalker's carapace encased corpse?  How complicated are their life 
> cycles?  I am assuming that of course one who imitates another species 
> would leave this portion of the life cycle behind.
> The classification as predendritic got me thinking about that.
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