Gaiman's American Gods

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Fri Oct 12 22:12:24 EDT 2001

On Fri, 12 Oct 2001, christian nutt wrote:

> i hate to be rude, but it takes two -- somehow, i doubt you're as
> clever as you think you are.

I'm sure you're right.

> of course richard mayhew and arthur dent aren't the only characters
> that seem similar in the whole pantheon of british literature. 
> however, just because that's so, doesn't mean that mayhew isn't at
> least influenced by dent, which i think is probably a better word
> than 'lifted.'

I agree it's a reasonable proposition.

But I still think it's wrong to say "Mayhew is [x] Dent" - whether [x]
is [influenced by] or [lifted from] - as if that's all there is to

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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