Sunday, 16 April 2017
An Ambiguous Pathetic Fallacy
"...a coyote howled in truth...or was it a wolf?"
-SM Stirling, A Meeting At Corvallis (New York, 2007), Chapter Twenty, p. 574.
She prays; nature answers - with a promise, coyote, or a threat, wolf: which?
Her enemy, Arminger, promises his daughter:
"'...when I win this war, I'll bring you the world for a toy!'" (p. 578)
That should sound familiar. Brechdan Ironrede tells his newest grandcub:
"'You shall have stars for toys...'"
-Poul Anderson, Ensign Flandry IN Anderson, Young Flandry (Riverdale, NY, 2010), Chapter Three, p. 28.
Operating on an interstellar scale, Brechdan can promise stars, not just the world. But Arminger's daughter knows better than him what is important:
"'Just bring yourself back, Daddy!'" (op. cit.)
The madman already has all that he needs and more but will kill more people anyway. See here.