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  • The fauna includes merychip, hesperorn and arctother.

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  • "I was disturbed when the other patrons of my inn rushed into the road to receive their blessing," the man on the merychip said.

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  • And at this a man riding a merychip at the edge of the concourse of people and animals reined his diminutive mount over.

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  • Jolenta seemed to consider that the doctor, with whom she had been quarreling a moment before, might protect her; but when he paid no heed to her touch at his arm and continued to swagger forward and pound the pavement with his stick just as he had in the sunlight, she left him and to my astonishment took the stirrup strap of the man on the merychip.

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  • Jolenta, whose fear made her press the side of one full breast against the thigh of the man on the merychip, whispered, "Whose perspiration is the gold of his subjects."

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  • At this the man on the merychip (whose name was Jonas, as I learned later) said,

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  • This word appears in "The Book of the New Sun", of which "The Shadow of the Torturer" is part, by Gene Wolfe.

    It is likely that Wolfe derived "Merychip" from "Merychippus", which is an extinct proto-horse. This fits the pattern of the book, where Wolfe uses the names of extinct species to refer to genetically engineered or alien beasts which fulfil the same function as contemporary species.

    January 25, 2011