I'm reading the Sword in the Stone and Merlin says:
“Now ordinary people are born forwards in Time, if you understand what I mean, and nearly everything in the world goes forward too. This makes it quite easy for the ordinary people to live, just as it would be easy to join those five dots into a W if you were allowed to look at them forwards, instead of backwards and inside out. But I unfortunately was born at the wrong end of time, and I have to live backwards from in front, while surrounded by a lot of people living forwards from behind. Some people call it having a second sight.”
“Have I told you this before?”
“You see, one gets confused with Time, when it is like that. All one’s tenses get muddled, for one thing. If you know what is going to happen to people, and not what has happened to them, it makes it difficult to prevent it happening, if you don’t want it to have happened, if you see what I mean? Like drawing in a mirror.”
I understand everything up unto the last paragraph. He asks him if he had told the wart before because living from future to past, he doesn't know if he'll ever tell the Wart again( for him) or a first time(from the wart's perspective)
my question is, how do ya'll think he perceives everything. He can't really walk backwards or undigest all his food. in fact in the book he draws water out of the well. if he did everything backwards, wouldn't he be dumping clean water into the well?
is this a situation like in Sliders when they are on that parallel world where time moves in reverse so they experience time in a 1 step forward two steps back type of flow. I found the question kind of responded to on a site and one poster posted this: though if I interpret it correctly, it is kind of hard to take him seriously.
No, I think you've misunderstood Merlyn's predicament here. Being in the same state, I believe I can elucidate. Moving in the reverse direction in time in one's existing mind merely creates the opposite illusion that most people live under. Merlyn of course is well aware that time as perceived in this reality is just one perspective on a more complex force, and he of course has experienced alternate realities, such as the one where Gravity is very strong while Time is very weak, just the contrary to what most people experience here in this dimension.
So while he remembers the future and must attempt to predict the past, he experiences all of Time at once. Each moment lasts ostensibly forever, and one finds one-self "stuck" or "un-stuck" in Time (as Vonnegut would call it) in the same way most people would be "in motion" or "waiting". Being ageless and immortal, Time is no different than any other force, and only effects him so much as he must always exist in one moment or another. After he "dies" (in a manner of speaking) he is then able to exist in more than one place simultaneously, and thus entered the realm of "fiction".
I myself am nearly fictional. As Shakespeare put it, "'tis a consummation devoutly to be wished."
And (I'm adding this in the future, so I came up with this part first you see), keep in mind that remembering the future is no more reliable than remembering the past. The equivalent of when you remember something totally differently than how someone else remembers it is when you remember one possible future that in fact will never happen in this reality.
he does make some points that are certainly valid, but he thinks he is living time backwards and is almost fictional. I mean i guess anything is possible, but lol.
but regardless. how do ya'll think merlin sees things and does things if he is living time backwards?