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Old 17-04-2014, 02:47 AM   #159
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Arrow Wind Through the Keyhole

Important human migrations occurred in the Pacific in prehistoric times..Long-distance trade developed all along the coast from Mozambique to Japan. Trade, and therefore knowledge, extended to the Indonesian Islands but apparently not Australia..The scene shifts to San Francisco, where an unmarried couple, Goodman and Palmer purchase an expensive 19th-century polychrome house in the exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood.. They rent 1 of the building's 2 first-floor apartments to the Watanabes, a kindly Japanese couple who have no children. Not long after, Hayes visits to view the remaining vacant unit and immediately expresses a desire to move in..Hayes arrives unannounced one morning and shuts himself into the apartment.. When Drake finally makes an attempt to enter Hayes' apartment, he finds that the locks have been changed..Due to the effects of plate tectonics, the Pacific Ocean is currently shrinking by roughly an inch per year (2–3 cm/yr) on 3 sides, roughly averaging 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) a year.. By contrast, the Atlantic Ocean is increasing in size..As the Pacific straddles the 180th meridian, the West Pacific (or western Pacific, near Asia) is in the Eastern Hemisphere, while East Pacific (or eastern Pacific, near the Americas) is in the Western Hemisphere...

The novel begins with Roland and his ka-tet arriving at a river on their journey to the Dark Tower.. An elderly man who operates a ferry gets them across the river, and warns them that a severe depression is coming, and that they can find shelter in a building a few miles ahead. They reach the shelter just in time, and while they wait out the storm, Roland tells them of an adventure in his youth to keep them occupied.. "The Skin-Man"..It is, therefore, advisable to know that the hours of the day and of the night together, are 24 in number, and that each hour is governed by one of the 7 Planets in regular order, commencing at the highest and descending to the lowest.. The order of the Planets is as follows: ShBThAI, Shabbathai, Saturn; beneath Saturn is TzDQ, Tzedeq, Jupiter; beneath Jupiter is MADIM, Madim, Mars; beneath Mars is ShMSh, Shemesh, the Sun; beneath the Sun is NVGH, Nogah, Venus; beneath Venus is KVKB, Kokav, Mercury; and beneath Mercury is LBNH, Levanah, the Moon, which is the lowest of all the Planets..It must, therefore, be understood that the Planets have their dominion over the day which approacheth nearest unto the name which is given and attributed unto them-viz., over Saturday, Saturn; Thursday, Jupiter; Tuesday, Mars; Sunday, the Sun; Friday, Venus; Wednesday, Mercury; and Monday, the Moon... Cathcart was not superstitious, but he did believe in omens,now they were multiplying like hobgoblins..and he sat right back down behind his desk and made a cryptic notation on his memorandum pad to look into the whole suspicious business of the Yossarians right away. He wrote his reminder to himself in a heavy and decisive hand, amplifying it sharply with a series of coded punctuation marks and underlining the whole message twice...

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