Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Eyes yet again

I've been reading through Flatland again to make sure I'm getting things right, and finally found the bit I thought I remembered. Annoyingly it's only in chapter 4:

when the end containing her eye or mouth--for with us these two organs are identical--is the part that meets our eye, then we see nothing but a highly lustrous point

So in other words I was right to say that Flatlanders have a single mouth / eye organ; there really are all sorts of evolutionary snags, but if Abbott actually says it I suppose I have to go with it. I should have checked it the first time it came up.

Fortunately I haven't said much about this yet, so it won't be too hard to change things. There can still be specialised parts of the mouth for different purposes - transparent jaws, optical sensors around the perimeter, and some sort of vacuole system to get the food out of the way. I know it sounds a bit icky, and I'll try not to get too gross, but it looks like I'm stuck with it.
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