(urth) some help? Mary King (famous equestrian), Riverman (famous stud horse), and horse races vs. the Odal rune (inheritance) in Sorcerer's house (Marc Aramini)

Marc Aramini marcaramini at gmail.com
Thu May 10 12:34:41 PDT 2018

The one breasted amazon is also ambiguous in gender: is it doris who thinks
it is male? The jeweler insists it is female. Mary King has a name which
could imply a doubled royal gender as  Queen of Heaven King, and ... when
that guy who introduces himself as Emlyn calls Winker a HE for no reason in
the world, we might start to question the nature of the house spirit, given
that a queen and a king seem to show up in the fairy ring, along with the
dwarf and lupine, as Winkle shows Bax, though he realizes it is a dream
(quite correctly in my reading).

On Thu, May 10, 2018 at 11:52 AM, Robert Pirkola <rpirkola at hotmail.com>

> I've been thinking about this for a bit and am not really clear what you
> mean by the dreaminess of the scene with Cathy Ruth and the gnome-jeweler
> who exclaims about Bax's sapphire ring but refuses to talk about
> Skotos.  The scene is in a letter to George for one so the b.s. radar
> should start flashing there.  Is that what you are talking about?  In any
> event, your trianulus theory is very strong in my opinion and perhaps it
> lends some insight into that scene.    Are you saying that there are three
> layers to the narrative and that most persons and significant items in the
> book have three natures?  I read your thesis as Fantasy (highest order
> fabrication)/ Myth/(Tall Tale?) (middle order) / "Reality" (lowest order of
> fabrication).  I feel like you've talked about this kind of hierarchy
> before in your short story write-ups (or somewhere!) but in relation to a
> hierarchy of mimesis.  Is this similar in your view?  If so, it is
> interesting that Cathy Ruth could plausibly be a fabrication (she is never
> in the presence of George, having been safely tucked into a car after her
> "rape" just before his arrival at the house).  She could be used as a way
> to ratchet up the plausibility of Bax's story to George by coming out and
> showing that a journalist is sniffing around about the supernatural
> rumors.  In any event, it struck me on rereading some parts that Cathy Ruth
> is supposed to be raped by the dwarf but when the dwarf is seen with a
> woman it is one that doesn't match her description at all (I think it was
> Madame Orizia?).  It seems like this is the woman that was captured and
> should have been raped so is there some type of hierarchical relationship
> between Cathy Ruth and Madame Orizia?  And if so who represents which
> level?  And who is the third?  A clue might be found in Orizia's name
> meaning which seems to be derived from that of an Amazon queen Orithyia
> (the daughter of Marpesia, which apropos of your previous post, is the name
> of a butterfly!  I feel a wave of apophenia coming on).  Remember the coin
> that has a depiction of a one-breasted Amazon?  This starts to connect a
> smidge.  Getting back to the restaurant scene, Bax's ring is talked about
> as a beautiful example of sapphire.  Elsewhere  it is a fire opal.  Still
> elsewhere it is Ted's ho-hum wedding ring.  One, two, three levels of the
> hierarchy.  Skotos Strip (reality), Black House (myth), what's the third
> property?  The castle (fantasy)?  Have you put these relationships into a
> table and see how they look next to each other?  And I just remembered I
> wanted to ask . . . What of the Tarot deck the chapters are supposed to
> represent?  And what about Letters 22 and 23 (both called Silver
> Bullets) being smack in the middle with 21 letters either side?  Are these
> significant?  I have brought up the concept of chiasmus and ring
> composition in the context of AEG but it seems like if it were used it
> would be used in this book given the prominence of rings in the text.
> Heck, even Musashi Miyamoto is mentioned along with his Book of Five
> Rings(!).  Anyhow, these are a smattering of my thoughts just now.
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