An amusing notion about Vlad & Kiera.

David Silberstein davids at kithrup.com
Wed Feb 19 14:05:26 PST 2003

On Wed, 19 Feb 2003, Philip Hart wrote:

>> Another thought:  Maybe the gods can't actually do anything about the
>> crisis, but Sethra wanted to warn them about Fyres' soul, just in
>> case he tried to sell them shares in a mustard mine.
>Reference spoiler...  just kidding.
>I thought for a minute that this last is a reference to _Bridge of
>Birds_ by Barry Hughart.  One of the most delightful, distinct books
>I've ever read.  Or maybe to one of the well-written but not
>especially memorable sequels. 

>But it's probably just to _Alice in Wonderland_.

The phrase "mustard mine", alone, is Hughart's nod to "Alice in
Wonderland".  But "to sell shares in a mustard mine" is my own nod to
Hughart (which I mentioned more explicitly just 10 days ago on this
list, which is why I have it in mind as a colourful way of saying
"to scam").