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shadow children appearence
In Gene Wolfe
Episode 71: the Slingshot
In Gene Wolfe
tbrumley42
Jul 03, 2019
Really enjoyed the podcasts and analysis of Fifth Head. I've always sided with the standard reading, that VRT is an abo impersonating Marsch. I've also always understood Liev's Postpostulate to be that humans replaced abos and now believe themselves to be abos. That said, Veil's hypothesis is such a tantalizing concept it's hard to imagine Wolfe using it as a throwaway idea. My reading of Veil's hypothesis was that it was Wolfe's way of setting up VRT's eventual identity theft of Marsch. I know Marc's reading has probably been hashed out endlessly on the mailing lists, but as interesting as it sounds to have Number 5 being a true human surrounded by abos, I just think that an abo society would look very different than what we see on St. Anne and St. Croix, even if we accept them to be somewhat dilapidated. Another thing, if I'm remembering right, is that VRT's handwriting is recognized to be bad; but if everyone is an abo than everyone's handwriting would be bad, right? Is there any indication that such might be the case? There's also the problem of David, and all the clone slaves about in Port Mimizon. Can humans interbreed with abos? Marc's take on the Shadow Children is a little strange, but the Shadow Children are themselves a little strange and there's no easy way to figure out what's going on with them. I think Marc has talked about the Dollo's Law reference, but it occurred to me that Wolfe might have brought it up to address one of Aunt Jeanine's objections to her own thesis, that if the abos perfectly mimicked humans they would lose the ability to shapeshift. Perhaps the abos have lost their old ability, but have also adapted a new way to imitate others? Anyhow great analysis by everyone involved.
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