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#231:The Fruits of the Tree

Season:  2
Number:  231
Wave:  1
Color:  silver
Suit:  dice suit
Corner:   corner
Card's Points:  1370
Card Group's Points:  0
Reverse:  special reverse
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On an island that might
later be named
“the island of
subconscious visions”
lived the creator of life
and he had a tree.
the creator of life had
many, many children.
i shall speak of four:
apollo, brian, cassandra
and daedalus.
apollo was born on day 1
of the creation,
brian on day 2
and cassandra on day ω+1
at a special time of celebration,
apollo was six feet tall, brian
was three feet tall,
cassandra was two feet tall
and little daedalus was only
eighteen inches tall.
now fathom this:
on which day was little
daedalus born?
and who was his father?

What are we, as modern historians, to make these accounts? Together, what has become known as the Reese mystery continues to attract unusual theories and crackpot scholarship. Ideas range from the simple: that the "beak-nosed Academician" was a deviant and a murderer, to the political: that he was a spy from one of the town then engaged in conflict with Perplex City, to the downright bizarre: that he was an alien or an interloper from another dimension.

On reading these accounts, it is important to bear in mind certain facts: Gwynneth Hughes was a respected politician, but a well-known confabulator who embellished and even invented stories to make her political points. A briaf brief glance through Maryam Enosh's biography will confirm dozens of such events. In addition, there are minor but significant points of inconsistency between the different accounts.

For Monday:
1) Note down all the inconsistencies you can find between the accounts. Is there anything you would expect to be mentioned which does not appear?
2) Make brief notes on where you would look for additional information about this case.
3) Read pages 108-112 in your books and suggest the kinds of primary evidence which might help to confirm the theories set out there.

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PXCCC 2.0 2009-05-02 21:06:56 PDT