Chapter 9 Path 9

Chapter 9 Path 9

Path 9:

Start: p 107 : skip footnote X : go to p. 111

p. 111 : skip footnote 129 : go to p 113

skip p 114 footnote 134 : skip p 114 footnote 135

skip p 114 footnote 136 : stop p 114 footnote 137

p 114 footnote 137 : stop p 114 footnote 134

p114 footnote 134 : stop p 114 footnote X

End Path nine: Loop

What strikes me in this path is the footnote 137 (p 114) “Labi is also probably cognate with “sleep”. I can’t find a direct etymological link between the latin root and the English word “sleep” (or even the latin word for sleep “somnus”) however what I did find was a rather amusing easter egg in mythology. The etymology of the word sleep, is rather closely related to death (and later sex, which fun fact: the French phrase “la petite mort” is a euphemism for an orgasm, or rather the post orgasm state) and then a quick search for the source of the root “labi” leads us to the word “lapse” which in it’s roots is related to “falling in to error” and “moral transgression/sin”. Now given all this information, remember who Daedalus’s son was famous for? Icarus, (Daedalus’s son) the guy who flew with the wax wings, was lead to his down fall (slip, slide, glide, fall) due to his moral transgression of excessive hubris (Greek gods found pride to be a serious sin). So basically: Icarus sleeps with the fishes because of a lapse in his judgment.

Speaking of judgment, it’s probably best for Icarus that he died when he did. At the time of his death, King Minos wasn’t the judge of hell yet (he would be killed by Daedalus later). This being said and given the history Minos and Daedalus had in life, there’s a great irony in the after life because the labyrinth can also be used as a metaphor for hell. In life and death Minos was king of labyrinths free to imprison all who made his life inconvenient. This leads me to a greater irony as the reason that the Greeks made Minos one of the judges of souls was because of his impeccably fair judgment.

Chapter 9 Path 8

Chapter 9 Path 8

Path 8:

Start: p 107 : skip footnote X : go to p. 111

p. 111 : skip footnote 129 : go to p 113

skip p 114 footnote 134 : skip p 114 footnote 135

stop p 114 footnote 136 : stop p 114 footnote K

p 109 footnote K : stop p 109 footnote _||_

p 109 footnote _||_ : stop p 109 footnote 121

p 109 footnote 121 (back to text) : stop p 109 footnote 122 (back to text)

stop p 110 footnote 123 : p 110 footnote 123

stop p 110 footnote 127 (back to text) : skip p 110 footnote 124

stop p 110 footnote 126 (back to text) : stop p 111 footnote 128 (back to text)

End path eight: Dead End

Most of this path is covered in previous paths, however the most notable part (and one of my favorite bits of this book) is the story told in footnote 123 (p. 110-111) of King Minos and the Minotaur. This is an excellent and moving exploration of perspectives in mythology and history. It’s also particularly worthy to note the shape of the red text is in the shape of a key. Every puzzle, riddle, enigma, mystery is a lock with a key waiting to be found.