Happenstance Gems (was Re: [DWJ] Book recommendations)

Minnow minnow at belfry.org.uk
Sun Nov 19 12:59:28 EST 2006

>On Fri, 17 Nov 2006, Minnow wrote:
>> I think the ants got added at some point after WWII, though whether
>> they were meant to be communism or fascism I'm not sure.  Both,
>> perhaps.

and Paul wrote in reply

>I gather than the ants and the geese (and possibly other bits I'm
>forgetting) were originally written for 'The Book of Merlyn', and then
>when it looked like tBoM wasn't going to make it into print White
>stuck them into the first section of 'The Once and Future King'

That would make sense; thanks.  TBoM didn't actually come out until
thirteen years after White had died, in fact.


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