Saturday, 22 October 2016
Heaven And Earth And Life
Hamlet: And therefore as a stranger give it welcome. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
-quoted from memory.
Chee Lan: I didn't expect this.
Van Rijn: To be alive...is that not to be again and again surprised?
-David Falkayn: Star Trader, p. 405.
Van Rijn can respond to any surprise. The stakes have suddenly changed. Serendipity Inc. is not a commercial rival but the agent of a hostile power. The profit may now be:
"'...keeping our lives or our freedom. Right?'" (ibid.)
Right. Different rules apply.