(urth) some help? Mary King (famous equestrian), Riverman (famous stud horse), and horse races vs. the Odal rune (inheritance) in Sorcerer's house
marcaramini at gmail.com
Fri May 4 07:18:03 PDT 2018
autocorrect and poor typing may cause some confusion there - triannulus was
replaced by triangle, Bax always auto-corrects to Bad. Sorry.
On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 7:11 AM, Marc Aramini <marcaramini at gmail.com> wrote:
> So ... I am almost done with the Sorcerer's House writeup, but Gene has
> doubled down on obscurity here. As those who have read the book know, a
> spectral horse appears in the same chapter as Kiki, right in the middle of
> the book, when Bax has a vision of himself on the side of the road after
> his brother has assaulted a police officer (Kate Finn) and been arrested.
> For those familiar with my thesis, you will recall that I argue that the
> house visions are born of a kikimora spirit, and that she sometimes wears a
> foxes appearance, but that there are two such spirits, one more malevolent
> than the other, with the benevolent one being Martha Murrey (who says she
> is a "scarecrow" after traveling - the kikimora name can mean "scarecrow).
> Martha is 40 years old in appearance, Bax is 40 years old, the butler
> appeared to cause havoc in the town 40 years ago - the kikimora can be born
> when a mother or child dies in childbirth, and those things add up pretty
> The Odal Rune looks like a fish and is found on all three rings of the
> triangles.( ᛟ )
> It means inheritance. Since I argue that in patterns of three two are
> supernatural are not real while one is real, the Odal rune on the inner
> ring suggests to me that the Skotos strip is a real inheritance (i.e. - he
> is the son of Alexander Skotos and maybe Mary King, who dies in childbirth
> and gives birth to the spirit of ... (?) (They appear in letter 20 BEFORE
> Mary King's context is introduced, as nebulous as it is - she shows up to
> disappear by the cemetery, on the same night Kiki appeared to say that she
> goes to the river to wash her shroud.)
> Both Mary and Skotos showing up in the same letter, even though Bax
> disavows any relationship, suggests to me that they might be Bax's real
> parents, and that the Skotos strip is his real inheritance, though his
> mother would then have died long ago - and how Kiki, Lupine, Winkle, and
> Martha Murrey map onto that is still a headache. HERE COMES THE BIG
> PROBLEM - his first hand switch occurs when he asks Martha Murrey about
> gambling and the horse races. He mentions gambling quite a bit, even
> associating Skotos with Sandy Scott, whom he knew from Churchill Downs.
> WELL ...
> Mary King, the only famous one I could find, is a well known and
> successful equestrian. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_King_(
> Riverman is a famous and successful race winner and sire of champion
> horses. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverman
> That's a really, really big coincidence. So ... funding the house through
> horse races, which would pretty much eliminate the possibility that
> something happened forty years ago that caused these spirits to be born
> (Emlyen and Iuean are internal visions manifested by the Kikimora in this
> reading - whatever happens to them (hit three times with a stick)
> immediately happens to Bad (hit back three times with a stick)) VS. Mary
> King and Skotos as his parents, with something occurring which precipitated
> the birth of a Kikimora spirit in childbirth 40 years ago ...
> One more thing. Manjushri says that he must team up with the woman "he"
> struck to come out ahead. Bax notices a falseness to Manjushri's claims
> about what is holy (because it is a kind of deceitful illusion, like the
> facefox), but then teams up with Kate Finn so that charges are not pressed.
> Kate Finn appears right after the first dismemberment and also, I think,
> drops him off when he finds another body part at his house. This team up is
> more than finding George in the house - it is so that he can keep George
> from getting a record when he takes George's place. She also sees
> Goldwurm's tower from the window during their search (I am pretty sure, but
> will review this). Martha Murrey says that she had a friend named Nina
> O'Brien who was run down in the street but people only cared about the
> Hound of Horror stories ... If she is a spirit that lingers forty years
> passed, then ... who is Nina O'Brien and when did she die? (this does
> create a weird link between the deceased friend of Martha and the hound of
> horror, but that is nebulous). Emlyn winds up in a pact with Lupine - does
> this parallel Bax's final alliance with Kate Finn? Is the Irish connection
> of O'Brien and Finn enough to parallel those two? (i.e. - is Kate Finn the
> face of Lupine like Martha Murrey might be the face of the benevolent
> Kikimora?) Are we to assume that the spirits also have triple identities,
> two assumed and one true? If so, how does that work?
> Could Mary King and Riverman being associated with horse racing really be
> coincidence? It seems to me that everything except that is explained by the
> Kikimora - EXCEPT the dinner scene after he meets Kiki in which Cathy Ruth
> comes over and the gnome like jeweler seems to know Skotos but own't talk
> about it. Is that a dream vision, too, like his sojourn through his
> fireplace and out his window (the kikimora brings vivid dreams)? If so,
> what the heck is up with Cathy Ruth? I really want to square these details
> away before I close out the essay.
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