Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Zuni Story

Tony Hillerman, who writes mysteries based on cops in the Navaho tribal police, ends The Wailing Wind with a story from the Zuni--

Two young hunters were out and they saved a dragonfly stuck in mud. As is usual in these stories it offered them wishes. The first hunter said: I want to be the smartest man in the world. So be it, said the dragonfly, turning to the second hunter. I want to be smarter than the smartest man in the world, he said. So the dragonfly turned him into a woman.

That resolves the last problem in the novel.

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