Fire and Hemlock - a couple more things...
hallieod at indigo.ie
Mon Jul 24 17:26:59 EDT 2000
><<I think I am jealous that I have already read it! If only I could sip the
>waters of Lethe and wake up to a pile of the complete works of dwj right
>next to the bed.>>
>Can you explain 'waters of Lethe'? I recently finished Stephen Baxter's
>existing Xeelee novels, with "Ring", and in that book he uses 'Lethe' and
>'Lethe's waters' as swearwords. I thought he made it up!
Elise and Tarja have already explained, but I have to add that it's in
Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale" also. I'm quoting it, as having looked it
up, and realized that the only thing I remembered from school was the
"hemlock" bit, I had a "Hey! That's appropriate!" reaction.
"My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains,
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:"
Bet it'll turn out now that Elise _meant_ us to get the allusion!
>Okay, this is something spooky about "Fire & Hemlock"; at least, I think it is.
>I agreed recently to send a Frenchwoman a UK copy of "Harry Potter and The
>Goblet of Fire" in exchange for a French copy of the first Harry Potter
>book. The new book isn't available in France yet, and I wanted to help her
>out. Anyway, she e-mailed me today with her address, and I discovered that
>her surname is Leroy [For those of you scratching your heads, the name Leroy
>is very significant in "Fire & Hemlock"].
>Synchronicity at work, I guess, but [twilight zone music] *weird*.
>Fortunately, I don't play an instrument, or I'd be expecting bad things!
:-) It's that kind of book! And again synchronistically I guess, I had
_just_ sent off a letter offering to get F&H for someone in another country
when I read your post. Struck me as slightly weird at the time.
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