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Re: VMs: Further investigatio of folio f1r
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>--- Now let's get into the mind of the author, who - one thing we are
>all almost positive about - wanted to conceal the text, that is the
>content of the text
Well, not quite all...
The author was very likely highly intelligent, and seems to have had a
very unusual mind indeed. (I have a hunch that he may also have been a
synaesthete.) Suppose that he was engaged in a remarkably abstruse line
of thought or even had invented or discovered some avenue entirely new,
for which there would have been no existing suitable vocabulary. He
might have found his contemporary languages inadequate and limiting and
have therefore made one suitable to his purpose. In which case the fact
that the manuscript is unintelligible to us and to others could be a
circumstance entirely irrelevant to him.
(Not entirely unprecedented - at least, there is a convincing example in
fiction, which we all know truth is stranger than...)
The waters may well have been still further muddied; if some persons
unknown had access to the manuscript and, believing it to be immensely
valuable made their own clandestine and not necessarily entirely
accurate copy whilst being unable to understand the original - well, if
'our' version is this copy, no wonder it drives us mad.
I think I have now also answered Eric's request for a contribution to a
poll of personal theories.
Nescis, mi fili, quantillâ prudentiâ mundus regatur.
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