[DWJ] Nowhere vases

Dorian E. Gray dorianegray at gmail.com
Tue Oct 2 16:09:02 EDT 2012

Emma wondered...

> When Seb threatens Polly and Nina near the beginning he tells Polly "You
> didn't eat and you didn't drink, and you worked the Nowhere vases round
> first. Don't deny it. I saw you working them. And I haven't told my father
> that-yet. You owe me for that." (p50 of the UK Mandarin edition with the
> nice cover). Obviously you don't eat and drink the fairies' food if you
> want to be able to leave, and I guess the vases are T.S.Eliot's spinning
> urns, the inscription relating to that part of the poem discussing time and
> reality; and that turning them before going in the house gives you some
> other kind of protection. I feel like I'm missing something though, is
> there some other reference or inference I'm not picking up here?

I don't know...I always had the vague impression that moving the vases
would move you from Now Here to Nowhere, and that was partly why and
how Polly and Tom ended up in the situation they do.

Until the sky falls on our heads...

dorianegray at gmail.com

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