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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule

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That sounds like an amazing and powerful time and I entirely agree with your observations about it.

I am less certain about one bit though -

No one taught them to do it. No one taught them those rules

That's certainly possible, and it's definitely true that no adult taught them. However, they may have learned this odd bit of divination from other children, and for all any of us know, children have been using those books in that fashion for decades and teaching it to those younger than themselves.

As someone who grew up an only child of only children and in a military (ie moving regularly) family, I had little personal contact with the culture of children, but from what I've read it can be strange and remarkably enduring.

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