klj at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Mon Aug 11 10:30:27 EDT 2003
Hmmm. . . this is a complicated issue, and I don't have an answer for all
of the aspects, but there is one thing I was wondering about, with magic.
I don't remember what it says about the issue in LoCC or WW, but I do
remember, in "The Sage of Theare," when Thasper's father is looking for a
good world to stick him in, he comes to one world where people had stopped
believing in the gods, and so they were already dead. Perhaps this is a
situation that I've come across in other books, which may be why I think
that it's the case here, or it may be that there's an exact quote
somewhere that I'm forgetting, but I'd always thought that every world,
even ours, started out having magic, and that it was historical
circumstances (such as the rise of science) that led to people no longer
believing in it. And of course, magic being what it is, when people don't
believe in it, it no longer exists. So I would think that magic is
natural, and the worlds that don't have it are just normal worlds that
have forgotten about it.
"Day is as light as your brightest dream. Night is as dark as you feel it
ought to be. Time is as fast as the slowest thing."
---Ray Davies (the Kinks), "Wonderboy"
On Mon, 11 Aug 2003, Aimee Smith wrote:
> Lots of people wrote lots of stuff about this and I won't quote much, but
> this is how I have 'supposed' the logic. Please pardon me if I am redundant:
> Big things hinge on many little things, so perhaps most little things just
> go the same way in every world, but the occasional one might slip through -
> like just the ones that might be truly 50/50 chanced?
> Is there such a thing as pure (50/50) chance?
> In the Chrestomanci universe chance apparently exists, but to what extent,
> if it is not allowed a free hand?
> Could the fact that much is the same/similar in every world be an argument
> for either fate, or some governing force or principle that keeps the worlds
> to some semblance of similarity?
> Could this deciding/governing force therefore be magic, as I think Minnow
> Or would it be something else that magic works against: because if not for
> magic, how much would be the same in each world?
> I think I am agreeing with the argument that magic is one of the deciding
> factors as to what is different in the various worlds, but I do not think it
> is the only thing.
> Which brings me back dizzyingly to the wondering about the existence of
> chance in the Chrestomanci worlds.
> Does chance exist, or is every action a reaction, a result of a previous
> action or circumstance?
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