[DWJ] Ogre and back story
philipbelben at alice.de
Sat Jan 21 12:31:52 EST 2012
Starting 8DoL today ready for our discussion next month, I realised that
no-one has said anything about The Ogre Downstairs yet. So I thought
I'd start by highlighting an aspect of the book that I'd not thought
These chemistry sets must have been a special job by a wizard who wanted
to see what kids would make of them. Some of the chemicals are
fiendishly hard to synthesise, or even obtain at all, and I can't
believe that a chemistry set full of them would really be affordable! I
mean, how many centuries of research failed to isolate petr. philos.?
Isn't most of modern chemistry founded on spin-offs from this research?
I particularly like the way the wizard got around "non-toxic,
non-explosive". I mean, it may well be neither toxic nor explosive, but
dens drac. is really quite a dangerous substance!
It occured to me when reading the book this time that the wizard in
question may have been the man in the toy shop. I felt that when the
kids went to consult him about antidotes, he was being deliberately slow
and obstructive. He seemed to me to delight in their difficulties, in fact.
What do others think?
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