WILSON PROTESTS THAT THE STYLIZED epithets had a role and a place in "an oral or semiliterate culture," but that "[i]n a highly literate society such as our own, repetitions are likely to feel like moments to skip." Instead, she writes, "I have used the opportunity offered by the repetitions to explore the multiple different connotations of each epithet." To give one more example, there are the numerous epithets applied to Odysseus that begin with poly, which means "much" or "many." "Polymetis' (resourceful, clever, many-minded
), for example, is rendered at times "scheming," at times "lying," at times, "he said coolly," and at times it is dropped altogether.
In seeing an artificial person as a person, constituted of many natural (and possibly some lesser artificial) persons; the artificial person is not so much "extended minded" as "many-minded
Where Rosamond's single-mindedness was totalizing in its refusal to imagine other minds, Latimer's many-minded
clairvoyance is similarly total and unimaginative: he cannot imagine what others are thinking because he already knows.
However partially focused on Falstaff, and (inevitably) inadequately Shakespearean in many-minded
complexity, Chimes at Midnight is multifaceted and deeply moving.
She sees the living darkness of the hive as an image for the City of God: "She would have thought of it once, the many-minded
, one-minded swarm, as an angel.
God knows there are some distances That must be kept; one must stay free, Be many-minded
, not just the selfish me.