Thursday, March 08, 2007

Chapter 42: How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All!

This chapter is all mathematics! Kit has arrived in Gottingen, where he is lusting after Yashmeen Halfcourt, and also dueling with her over mathematics. Lots of need to look up all the mathematicians and mathematical functions referred to in this chapter.

In many ways the most interesting plot advance is Yashmeen’s latest beau, “a wealthy coffee scion named Gunther von Quassel” (596). Gunther is a jealous sort, and ends up challenging Kit to a duel.

Kit’s friend and roommate Humfried observes this about Gunther:

“He is not ‘here,’” Humfired explained, “not completely. He is slightly…somewhere else. Enough so, to present some inconvenience to any who value his company” (599).

Like the Crew of the Inconvenience, his spatial presence is of an odd nature. Since earlier in the chapter Yashmeen displays an interesting ability to walk through walls, I think we are in for surprises!


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