MAZE General Comments

For saying something.

This and that.

 - Image copyright 1985 by Christopher Manson

419 thoughts on “MAZE General Comments

  1. Has anyone mentioned anything about the man that is seen leaving Room 34 and going into the door to Room 25? He seems to be the same person as the one seen through one of the doors in Room 16. Does he appear anywhere else in the Maze? I’m assuming he represents either something in mythology or just one of the travelers of the Maze.

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    • Although they look similar I would say the guy in 16 has a more definitive top hat (perhaps an anagram for “to path”) as well as a more format jacket (not an anagram).

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    • The “to path” anagram seems to make sense. However, I’ve yet to discover the significance of the man in Room 34.

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    • IT DOES NOT MEAN “TO PATH”

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      THAT DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING

      WR CAME UP WITH THE TERM “PATH” FOR THAT SPECIFIC SET OF ROOMS DECADES LATER

      NOTHING IN THE BOOK USES THE TERM “PATH” IN THAT EXCLUSIVE WAY

      EVERY SET OF ROOMS YOU GO THROUGH IS A PATH

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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    • OK, but what if it’s “to path” meaning the way to some other path instead?

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    • Manson refers to the correct route as “the shortest path” three times in the Directions. It’s reasonable to think he might have had PATH in mind as shorthand for “the right way to go.”

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    • No, it isn’t. That’s like saying that because he repeatedly refers to the room at the center of the Maze that anytime he says “room” we should assume he’s talking about Room 45.

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    • Thank you to vewatkin for the clarification. I definitely need to brush up on my Maze knowledge.

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    • I do think noticing things like words within other words is the kind of thing we need to try to do, and the fact that “path” is inside “top hat” is something worth considering, since a top hat sort of appears along a path. It just isn’t reasonable to say it means what has been suggested here.

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    • Sooooo… the door to 33 is your second-best choice in Room 17? Anyway, ceramist myrrh to all!

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  2. No food that I can think of – but there is a rabbit and a fire, some salt and pepper, an empty bowl, a table, and at least a picture of a knife and fork.

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    • There’s also quite a few apples, and the red herring above the entrance although I’m not sure if that counts.

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    • There’s an unpictured pantry below Room 3; I’d recommend looking there first. If there’s nothing good there, at least grab the pans and water from 3 and take them to 18 to start your soup stock boiling. Turtle, rabbit, unnamed birds…grab what you can.

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    • There’s those wine bottles in room 39 too. With such a large assortment of bottles, there has to be one with something in it.

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    • Yes, I suppose there are apples, and at least the one in 9 is not cardboard. There is a picture of a pear too. Put it in a tree with a bird and you could start that 12 days of Christmas song – but there are not quite enough birds for that.

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