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96. But our dear Miss Black simply can't let it alone. "Given the state
of the world," she asks plaintively, "where did he learn these
melodies he's illiterate." To which Purple responds, with
appropriately purple prose: "He isn't deaf, you jackass." Which
misses the point of Black's objection; with the power out, there will be
few radios playing for Brand to listen to, to pick up tunes. However,
this is no problem: Brand wasn't born yesterday, and he has had most
of his life to listen when there was plenty to listen to, before MT
changed things. Melodies learned in childhood remain in adulthood.
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97. Blue and Pencil marked this whole 500-word discussion of women
for deletion, but Writer digested it down and kept part of it. Let me
take this opportunity to clarify part of what I was doing here: the
business about letting a small woman struggle with a tough chore like
grinding grain. Naturally I've had considerable experience on exactly
the type of hand-grinder described. Not only does it produce flour, it
develops the arm and chest muscles. Well, Lucy craves a larger
bosom, having correctly ascertained that this is the way to a certain
man's eye. Childbirth and nursing will increase the mass of the
mammary tissue but what's a girl to do before that? Lucy realizes
that the grinder represents her opportunity to develop the muscle-
sheath underneath the breast, hence a more prominent outline. This
is a recognized technique; the muscle boosts the breast outward, and
the effect is similar to additional mammary in appearance, though not
in function. So she grinds. It's hard work, but she's determined; she's
playing for high stakes here. Brand, perceiving this, agrees. He sees
what Scot does not: that Lucy, not Wanda, is the proper woman for
Scot. But it is necessary for time to pass before the grinding and the
situation do their work. Scot really is rather foolish about women, as
men tend to be. Naturally the female copyeds don't want this sort of
thing publicized; trade secrets are precious.
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98. Red challenged this figure, not for the first time: he feels that not
enough people are being shipped to account for the observed impact
on Earth. Well, this is an accelerating thing ten million in the first
year, more thereafter from this country alone. Within a decade, at
this progression, the nation will be entirely depopulated. That seems
fast enough to me. But what of the initial stage, when fewer than a
million were gone, yet things seemed to be falling apart? That I
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perceive as more an effect of the huge energy strain on the nation, to
support the MT effort. The society contracted rapidly, leaving the
fringes to wither. To save power, electricity was cut off first from the
less-economic farm regions, and that caused the residents there to
vacate rapidly. Had Scot resided in a big city, he would have noted
relatively little change. Since it is my purpose as a novelist to
dramatize the situation, I have him out in the country where the
cutback and depopulation are most apparent.
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99. Actually, in Tarot I go into Brother Paul's background more
deeply, and it turns out that Paul actually was his prior name.
Sometimes it works that way. But the symbolism and significance
remain; he did assume a new meaning for the name, as we are about
to see.
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100. More recent theory has it that Paul was epileptic but the
principle is the same.
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101. This 1,000-word scene of religious discussion is condemned by
Red as "Elementary Sunday School" material and eliminated by Blue.
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102. Red marked this "Balls" and adds: "Remarkable cures throw in
some garbage on that."
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103. More recent research suggests that the lemmings have been
unfairly characterized; they don't blindly charge into the sea. But it
remains an evocative analogy.
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104. "What does it all mean?" Red asks plaintively, and Writer
reworked and digested this section down so that the thesis on which
the novel is based hardly shows. I suspect that what it all means is
that copyeds should not tackle a manuscript they do not comprehend.
Would a surgeon operate without understanding what he is doing?
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105. Red expresses objection to these two paragraphs. "Does he have
to be quite so obviously a teat man?" Beauty is in the eye of the
beholder, these paragraphs discuss breasts, face, skin, health, hair,
legs, arms and torso yet all Red perceives is "teats." Well, not quite
all; Red adds "And an MCP to boot." I believe the initials stand for
"Male Chauvinist Pig." Thus the mere act of noticing the attractive
qualities of a woman makes a man an "MCP." And what of a woman
who notices the attractive qualities of a man? Is she automatically a [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]