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Parasha: Oct. 28 reading (non-spoiler)


Another fairly short one, but we find the final location of things, so important.

Snuff walks out the terrain, figuring things out physically, as he does. The Great Detective tries to call him over, but he ignores him. The Vicar is still pissed.

Bubo is now a part of Jack's household, and talks with Snuff for a while, telling him of what he's learned (which is a handy excuse to wrap things up into a nice package for us, the readers, at the same time). We also find out that Jack and Snuff have apparently been at this for a long, long time, with hints that Jack=Cain, at least in some rumors. Not sure if it's meant to be the truth, or just a rumor, or if even Zelazny wasn't sure.

Another mention of the "reaction" killing the losers. And then Snuff and Bubo go off to see the Gipsies (sic), and Snuff now considers Bubo his friend, which he has few of.

Apparently the experiment man has been atop Dog's Nest, as Snuff sees when he returns there. And when calculating without the Good Doctor or Larry in the game, the center of things turns out to be that very same Dog's Nest, where Snuff and Graymalk were already taken through into the world of the Elder Gods once before.

Snuff of course tells Jack all this at midnight. They reminisce slightly. And Jack tells Snuff to keep a "stiff upper lip," which Snuff says is how he smiles. Heh.

The only other thing I'd mention about this, is the fact that Jack squeezes Snuff's shoulder, which leads me to muse a bit - I'm wondering if we're supposed to assume that in order to have the gift of speech, Snuff is turned human for that hour? Now, I'm doubting it, because a) if that were the case, he'd probably be more adept with things like walking on two legs, opening doors, etc., even if only slightly. But maybe not, if that hour only happens during the month the "Game" takes place, every few decades or so. Still, I think we'd have more explicit reference to it than this. The only reason that even flickers across my mind is because how awkward it would be to squeeze a dog's shoulder.

Anyhow, what do y'all think?

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stormfeather
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Including me! But I did this anyhow, because it's my duty, which is heavier than a mountain.
khedron
Oct. 29th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
I went back and read the parts I could find with Snuff talking to Jack after midnight. I can't find a clue as to whether or not he changes forms. I always _assumed_ he could just talk as a dog then...

Your Cain reference caught me. I had just figured that was rumorrific hyperbole, not to be taken seriously.

pokeypenguin
Oct. 29th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
I am disappointed that Snuff ignored the Great Detective. I am just itching to know what his game REALLY is.
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