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The subtle knife & windows -- SPOILERS

What do you make of the subtle knife itself? Would you like to own it if it meant you could cut your way into other worlds, like Will does?

To me, the notion of cutting a window into another world is kind of scary. I think I'd rather find another way to visit! :smileywink:

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Re: The subtle knife & windows -- SPOILERS

A reminder for anyone interested in the real science behind the idea of multiple worlds: Read THE SCIENCE OF PHILIP PULLMAN'S "HIS DARK MATERIALS" by John and Mary Gribbin. It's easy to understand.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9780375831461&itm=7
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Re: The subtle knife & windows -- SPOILERS

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Is there something about "heroes" having to lose fingers in these types of stories? Will loses fingers when he becomes the owner of the Subtle Knife like the previous owner. In the Dark Tower series, Roland, the Gunslinger loses a couple fingers in the second book. In Lord of the Ring, Frodo also loses a finger.

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Re: The subtle knife & windows -- SPOILERS


Nadine wrote:
Is there something about "heroes" having to lose fingers in these types of stories? Will loses fingers when he becomes the owner of the Subtle Knife like the previous owner. In the Dark Tower series, Roland, the Gunslinger loses a couple fingers in the second book. In Lord of the Ring, Frodo also loses a finger.

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Take a look at this Wikipedia article, especially the part that refers to the wolf Fenrir (the section called Tyr in the Edda):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyr
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Re: The subtle knife & windows -- SPOILERS

The windows which the Subtle Knife creates are actually called wormholes and as "The Science of Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials" says, those wormholes lead to other worlds which were formed through an atom's choice.
If an atom had the choice to either live or die, that would form two alternate realities, one with the atom's death and the other with its survival. Another source (fiction, believe it or not, called "The Chronicles of Chrestomanci" by Diana Wynne Jones) states that such alternate realities are formed by great events in history which had more than one possible conclusion. For a simple example, imagine coming to a two-way fork in the mall's passages. A person's coice would then create another pair of alternate realities. Both of these forms are accessed through Will's knife in "The Subtle Knife". However, going through time and changing it is not so wise according to the Grandfather Paradox, which applies to more than just relatives.
The mind-destroying Grandfather Paradox: If someone went back in time to kill their grandfather, then they would not have been born. Thus, they could not have killed their granfather and they would have been born, so they killed their grandfather. Therefore, they would not have been born, so they couldn't have killed their grandfather and on and on into infinity. Confusing, isn't it?
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