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Hence, the degree to which an art world seems fantastic depends upon a reader's projection of an outside reality as it must conform to his assumptions about the culture of the text, the culture of the reader, and the life experience of the reader. The fact of variable response to art worlds may imply to some that we are on shaky ground when we assert that something should or should not be taken as fantastic. And sometimes, of course, that is so. Jules Verne is generally thought today to have "predicted," among other things, the submarine.

In these lines from Tolkien, the word "so" ends the passage with what amounts to a rhyme by repeating the word "so" with which the passage began. This significant repetition of word (which is paralleled in fantastic narratives by repetitions of setting, plot element, and much more) bounds the passage, contains it, and tames the narrative word to show us that, even with dragons in it, Tolkien's world is a safe one. As such, it offers another kind of alternative to the turmoil of the real world. That we are mostly unconscious of the wealth of association and the nuances of change that the words ring only reveals how it is that we can 16 Introduction give ourselves up so uncaringly to the fantastic world.

Sometimes a hero leaves home and fails to return, or he may return but the tale will go on for a bit. The more the basic oral structure is violated, the more literate the tale is likely to be. Hence Propp's demonstration of structural orthodoxy in oral tales gives us a way of judging the state of literacy in a culture from which we have a tale. 36 The Sources of the Fantastic Although Afanas'ev collected his tales, as best he could, from illiterate peasants, the Grimm brothers worked quite differently.

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