(urth) So Where DID the Guard Go?
cyfyguy at gmail.com
Thu May 1 18:34:49 PDT 2014
LOL! It figures- four sentences in and I have to commit to reading
another thousand pages to get half an answer! That's Wolfe for ya!
On Thu, May 1, 2014 at 7:34 PM, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes <danldo at gmail.com> wrote:
> William -
> I believe that this question is answered in the "Short Sun" trilogy. At
> least tentatively.
> On Thu, May 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM, William Graham <cyfyguy at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello folks, I've been reading the lists for ages- thanks for the help.
>> I'm now one my second 'hard read' through BOTNS after half a dozen or so
>> 'casual reads' since its publication.
>> I get tripped up on the fourth sentance.
>> Roche indicates, "The guard has gone".
>> The popular discussion on this page has historically been "Who asks, 'But
>> why would the guard leave?' ?" in the next paragraph. While that
>> discussion is very useful for introducing us to Wolfe's love of removing
>> the net from underneath his readers' high wire, I cannot seem to find any
>> place where those who have gone before have asked the more basic question:
>> "Yeah, where DID the guard go?"
>> The obvious answer is that he's patrolling, a possibility supported by
>> the fact that Vodalus fires his weapon, but never indicates at whom. The
>> issue however is that our apprentices are surprised to see the guard gone.
>> If leaving his post to patrol were common, why the confusion over his
>> V doesn't seemingly fire at the volunteers, the dialog between he and
>> Badger and Thea support this, and only three of the volunteers (those
>> pursuing Eata) could have possibly arrived at the site before Sev anyway.
>> So where's the guard, and why did V fire his weapon?
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