TL and FJ

Mary Ann Dimand amaebi at iwon.com
Thu Jul 27 18:26:01 EDT 2000


I always thought that Faber John used the name "Time Lady" somewhat
facetiously. It's such a nursery-story sort of name.

Has it seemed to anyone else, as it has to me, that Faber John and his wife
have one of those partnerships which is peculiarly opaque from outside? All
marital partnerships are things-in-themselves, but not all of them seem so
mysterious to me. :) Perhaps it has something to do with Faber John being
partly Hephaestus. This means that in some way his wife must be Aphrodite--
but I don't think DWJ wanted to make her properly Aphrodite because she
wants her to be likeable/admirable/conversible. While "Time Lady" seems
reasonable sort of love goddess to me, she's definitely not the frivolous
Aphroditean sort.

Any other guesses?

Mary Ann

(I have also never felt quite absolutely sure about that trial at the end.
But then, Faber John has that unexpected and pouncy side to me, so my
uncertainty seems appropriate enough. I will also align myself on the side
of Tale of Time City enjoyers. BTW: before I read Hexwood I saw many posts
on rec.arts.books.childrens about how dreadful it was-- and I don't agree--
and I suspect that a lot of readers just don't enjoy tricky time
structures.)


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