War... war never changes. Except I wonder if it will this time, given the setting. I mean, you'd think they'd be shying away from war after what happened last time. Then again after eight centuries or whatever, when they only know of the catastrophe as the "Flame Deluge"...
Hrm. I wonder if they realize that it was war that caused the devastation previously? I can't remember if it was mentioned or not, and while Leibowitz does mention an outbreak of war in his notes, that doesn't necessarily mean they made the connection. And I can't remember if it was stated, that they realized the Deluge was due to war.
Plus, I guess even catastrophe can't completely quell human nature.
Also, do we know the year at the start of the book? Because after the time shift, it's 3174, and if the "eight centuries" is right, then I guess it'd be... math math... about 400 years or so after Brother Francis' death? (Which puts it a bit in perspective, since he'd be dead anyhow by this point...)
It's a bit weird to see a priest using "arousing" to describe the thought of those papers being real. Or maybe it's just me. Or maybe the word wasn't as... heavily nuanced, say, then?
"Perhaps [...] by being materially great and materially wise, and nothing else." Now there's a thought...
Gee, ya think maybe Marcus Apollo isn't very optimistic about the chances the documents will be sent out?
"The fantastic literacy rate of eight per cent"... expected I guess, but ouch.
"The old Jew" and "he makes claim to several thousand years"... hum, wonder who it could be? Although if it is the same old man, then there's obviously something mystical going on. (Unless he was mutated by radiation or something, which is still fantastic, but of a slightly different order. More science-fictiony than fantasy, I guess.)
Anyhow, if he IS somehow 3209 years old, I guess he wouldn't be Leibowitz, he'd be the Wandering Jew or whatever.
Oooo, someone's trying to build an electric generator? And just before the genius scholar comes along? Could be interesting!
I'm not sure I want to know why there'll be need of a goat, if Thon Taddeo is coming...
Ah hah, sounds like they finally got their printing press built. And it was a huge improvement. Neener!
Ah hah... "twenty-sixth century wood carving"... given the "curious smile," I'm assuming this is the wood carving that Francis' friend was making. That would date that period to six centuries after the present day, and this another six centuries beyond that. Yes?
"Who do I know who grins that way?" Hrmm...
And ew. Yeah, the Abbot doesn't seem in good shape. To put it mildly. Also: yuck.
More scheduley schedule.