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Festive Task 9

Reamde - Neal Stephenson

 

Tasks for Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night

Grab one of your thickest books off the shelf.  Ask a question and then turn to page 40 and read the 9th line of text on that page.  Post your results. 

 

This book is thick. 1044 pages. 

 

Page 40, line 9

 

"A character who had some vassals but no lord was called a Liege Lord and, obviously enough, sat at the top of a hierarchy; most Liege Lords were small-timers running one or two-layered networks of miners or farmers, but some ran deeper trees comprising thousands of vassals distributed among many layers of the hierarchy, and here was where the intragame politicking really became a significant part of the game, for people who cared and could afford to spend their time that way." 

 

Don't know how to make of it. It is like a game rule, not reality. And there is game rules. Life is a bit more complicated.