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same samoyed hunters in both lyra's and will's world?

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same samoyed hunters in both lyra's and will's world?

Postby iorekbyrnison555 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:25 am

In the Subtle Knife, lyra goes to Will's world (our world) and goes to a museum at Oxford, and sees a photo of "Samoyeds" (indigenous people who live in the far north) who look exactly the same as the ones she saw in her own world:

"But here was a photogram showing some Samoyed hunters, the very doubles of the ones who'd caught Lyra and sold her to Bolvangar. Look! They were the same men! And even that rope had frayed and been reknotted in precisely the same spot, and she knew it intimately, having been tied up in that very sledge for several agonizing hours... What were these mysteries? Was there only one world after all, which spent its time dreaming of others?" (76)

I understand the Barnard-Stokes theory, but even so, how can this be possible?
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Re: same samoyed hunters in both lyra's and will's world?

Postby jfrcoates » Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:23 am

Don't forget Lyra also saw the initials of one of her friends from Jordan (I can't recall exactly who it was) when she was in Will's Oxford. They are alternate versions of the same people, just like the worlds are alternate versions of each other.
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Re: same samoyed hunters in both lyra's and will's world?

Postby professor_a » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:23 pm

Possibly the worlds are connected in ways we don't understand. And it was Simon Parslow's initials that Lyra saw.
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