A game of Jacks
While many of the characters seems to have multiple identities or "incarnations" (Thomas, Tammuz, Dumusi etc). the one that confuses me the most is Jack Carter. There seem to be more Jacks than anyone else, and they don't all seem to fit together into the same person like the other characters "alternates" do.
There's the "Bad Jack", the Covenant unkin graved by Metatron as his personal dog-of-war, and I think he's the Jack that the book-carrying narrator knew in his world, but what about the "Jack Flash" who is trying to bring down the "Empire" in the latter sections of the book? Or the beachcomber Jack in Endhaven?
Admittedly, he does seem to undergo some kind of alteration after Eresh's ink mixes with Metatrons bitmites and creates the Evenfall.
Phreedom was going to call her son Jack, but she had an abortion. Seamus/Prometheus prophesied that her son would bring down the Covenant, but he's already dead, isn't he? It would almost make sense if Jack Flash was her Jack, and his terrorist attacks against his "Empire" were but a precursor, training almost, for his eventual battle against the Covenant.
Time in the vellum isn't that simple, after all.
For no real reason I can identify, I also believe that the Endhaven Jack is the post-Evenfall Metatron's Jack. His master's reprogramming blasted out of him by the rogue bitmites or something else, whatever, and with it gone he remembers something he used to feel once before, before he was commanded by God's Scribe.
He remembers a boy so beutiful he was almost elfin, and how much he loved him. And he finds the boy again, only it's not the exact same boy, but another vellum-version of him, and this time, he decides he doesn't want to fight anyone's war or be anyone's sslave, he just wants to live on the beach with the boy he loves.
Is the Rang-and-Bone Man an alternate Metatron? Or an alternate Eresh, perhaps?
And don't even get me started on the Jack that received the documents about Kur, or his namesake grandfather. I have *no* idea which Jack he's meant to be, or if he even is one of the pre-existing Jacks at all. Current Mood: confused